Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Hoomes, 3 February 1801

To John Hoomes

Washington Feb. 3. 1801.

Dear Sir

Your servant arrived here this afternoon with the horse, [and I] have only this moment been able to go and see him. I am quite satisfied with his first appearances, & have no doubt I shall continue [to be?] so. the servant wishing to go immediately to Georgetown to take […] passage for tomorrow morning, I give him dollars to cover your [advances] for his expences, & those of his return & trouble.—I have the pleasure to inform you that the Senate this day determined to reconsider their vote rejecting the French convention, & have ratified it on condition of striking out the 2d. article & adding a limitation of 8. years for it’s duration; modifications which I hope will pr[…] no difficulty with France; and I trust we are now placed on [smoother] water with that country. it puts an end to the proposition [of the?] H. of R. to continue the non-intercourse law.—I shall [take] care to have the sum of 300. Dollars paid to your order in Richmond according to the [tenor] of my former letter. I am with great esteem Dear Sir

Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Colo. John Hoomes”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

TJ recorded in his financial records on this date payment for a horse: “Recieved from Colo. John Hoomes of the Bowling green a bay horse, Wildair, 7 y. old, 16. hands high, for which I am to pay him 300. D. May 1” (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1034).

The vote in the senate this day on modifications to the French convention was 30 to 1 to expunge the second article and 18 to 13 against expunging the third article. The final vote for ratification was 22–9. For the progress of the convention in the Senate, see JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:372–7; DeConde, Quasi-War description begins Alexander DeConde, The Quasi-War: The Politics and Diplomacy of the Undeclared War with France, 1797–1801, New York, 1966 description ends , 291–3; TJ to Hoomes, 24 Jan.

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