Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Ignatius Palyart, 24 August 1801

From Ignatius Palyart

Washington 24 Aoust 1801—

Le Consul General de S.A.R. Le Prince Regent de Portugal a eu l’honneur de se rendre chez le president des Etats Unis pour presenter ses hommages—Il se propose de se rendre a Lisbonne par congé dans le Cours du mois proxain—S’il peut être utile a quelque chose il será enchanté de recevoir les ordres du President à Philadelphie—

Editors’ translation

Washington 24 Aug. 1801.

The consul general of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent of Portugal has had the honor to call at the house of the president of the United States to present his respects. He intends to go to Lisbon on leave of absence in the course of the next month. If he can be useful in any way, he will be delighted to receive the president’s orders in Philadelphia.

RC (ViW); endorsed by TJ as a letter of the consul general of Portugal received 3 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.

A merchant with connections in Havana as well as the United States, Palyart had been the consul general of Portugal, based in Philadelphia, since 1790 (Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser. description begins J. C. A. Stagg, ed., The Papers of James Madison, Secretary of State Series, Charlottesville, 1986–, 8 vols. description ends , 2:294; NDQW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War between the United States and France, Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., 1935–38, 7 vols. (cited by years) description ends , Apr.-July 1799, 144; Vol. 17:571; Vol. 19:314).

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