Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 15 September [1799]

From Tadeusz Kosciuszko

15th of September [1799]

Dear Sir

I had the honor of receiving a letter from you dated the 25th of March, with a bill from the Treasury of the United States for which I send you my best thanks. By your order came to my hands the first divident of the Pennsylvania Bank. Mr. Barnes has send me likwise two Cases loaded with my things, which are now upon the road to Paris. before I came from America Mr. Clay has been appointed by me to acte as my proxy at the meeting of Stok Holders upon Pensylvania Bank. the desir of Mr. Barnes to be apointed in his place I refere to you you may do as you please because you have suficient Power from me. The Theatre of the World is of such kind that I cannot sai nothing in favor. Be so good howev to belive that my affection Friendship and Esteem for you will be everlasting.

T. Kosciuszko

Printed in Miecislaus Haiman, Kosciuszko: Leader and Exile (New York, 1946; repr. 1977), 140. Recorded in SJL as received 12 Feb. 1800.

No letter from TJ to Kosciuszko dated the 25th of March has been found or is recorded in SJL. For the bill of exchange, see TJ to Kosciuszko, 21 Feb., TJ to Van Staphorst & Hubbard, 22 Feb., and John Barnes to TJ, 10 Mch. 1799.

The Mr. Clay who held Kosciuszko’s proxy for his Bank of Pennsylvania shares was perhaps Matthew Clay, a Republican congressman from Virginia who, like TJ, stayed at Francis’s hotel when in Philadelphia, or Joseph Clay of Philadelphia, who later served in the House of Representatives, 1803–8, chaired the Committee on Ways and Means in the Ninth Congress, and became cashier of the Farmers & Mechanics’ Bank of his home city (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends , 789; Vol. 29:422, 469n).

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