Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, 19 January 1799

From Julian Ursin Niemcewicz

Elizabeth Town 19 Jan 1799.


It is only in the beginning of this week that I had the pleasure to receive your favor of 30 Nov: /: it having remained the whole time at the Post office in Brunswick:/ two days afterwards a gentelman on his way to Philadelphia left me a letter from General Kosciuszko, when I was to aknowledge You the receipt of both I received your kind letter of 16 present. Accept Sir my warmest thanks for the friendly expressions you honour me with. The Note of G:K: contained only a Compliment of four Linen1 without mentioning a Single word of his health, his mysterious & wunderful recovery, or any private or political affairs. Althought the Love of tranquillity & retirement, the Political Intolerance & above all the fear of indelicat Questions render me extremely averse from visiting large Cities, the desire of seeing You Sir & some other few friends have deccided me to come to Philadelphia before the Congress breaks off. I beg you to remember me most affectionately to Dr. & Mrs. Beache I had the pleasure to see yesterday the old gentelman & his Lady on their way to New York, happy as I was to see them I was most deeply affected by finding Miss Bache in such a bad Condition of health, I hope the fine Season will restore here. Receive Sir the assurances of my best Respects.

Your most Obedient Servant

J. Niemcewicz

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 21 Jan. 1799 and so recorded in SJL.

Dr. & Mrs. Beache: William and Catharine Wistar Bache. The old gentelman & his lady were William’s parents, Richard Bache and Sarah Franklin Bache, Miss Bache being one of their three daughters (Niemcewicz, Under their Vine description begins Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, Under their Vine and Fig Tree: Travels through America in 1797–1799, 1805, with some Further Account of Life in New Jersey, Elizabeth, N.J., 1965 description ends , 61).

1That is, “lines.”

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