Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Carlos Martínez de Irujo, 6 October 1801

From Carlos Martínez de Irujo

Philadelphia 6 of Octr. 1801

Dear Sir

After the friendly interest you have been pleas’d to take on my continuance in this Country I flatter myself you will hear with pleasure that, by the Dispatches just receiv’d from my Court, I am inform’d, that your demand on this head has been readily acquiesc’d to by the King my Master, on terms as flattering to myself, as they show all the weight & consideration given to your respectable interference—I have at the same time receiv’d the particular & agreable1 commission to compliment you on your last Election, & to assure this Governement of friendly disposition of the King my Master towards this Country, & I’ll fullfill this pleasant duty personally & immediatly after my arrival to Washington—

I am going then to enter again on the laberinthe of setting up a house! the adquisition of furniture will Keep me hither ten or twelve days longer. Immediatly after that, I’ll proceed down to the Federal City & I’ll not neglect a situation, from which I may easily & frequently have the honor to present you my respects.

Mme. d’Irujo, the Governor & all the Family join themselves to me to thank you, for your friendly offices towards me, & they are all animated by the same sentiment of affection & gratitude than your most obt. & respl. Servt.

Le Chevalier d’Irujo

RC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); at head of text: “Private”; at foot of text: “H. Ex. Ths. Jefferson Presidt. of the U States”; as with other letters written by Irujo in English, his accents and diacritical marks have been omitted; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.

Your Demand on this Head: through David Humphreys as minister to Spain and less formally through Joseph Yznardi, Sr., TJ had asked the Spanish government to reverse its recall of Irujo as its minister to the United States. The recall had been requested by the Adams administration, and late in July the Spanish agreed to retain Irujo in the position. He had not received word by 4 Sep., when, unsure if he was to take his family to Spain or remain in America, he wrote to ask Madison if the State Department had heard anything about the decision (enclosure to Humphreys to the secretary of state, 21 Aug. 1801, in DNA: RG 59, DD; 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 , 2:84–5; Vol. 33:269n, 322, 430, 453, 457).

Mme. D’irujo: Sally McKean Irujo, the daughter of Governor Thomas McKean (Vol. 33:230, 269n, 392).

1Preceding word and ampersand interlined.

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