To J. P. P. Derieux
Washington Oct. 28. 1802.
I recieved last night your favor of the 23d. and now inclose under cover to mr Jefferson, as you desired, this letter with the certificate requested. I have not named you a citizen of the US. because I do not know the fact, and I doubted whether it would be of service to you. I have to the certificate subjoined a passport, without subscribing in any official capacity, because in that capacity I never sign either passports or certificates. Wishing you a happy voyage, successful pursuit of your affairs and safe return to your family I pray you to accept assurances of esteem and respect.
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “M. De Rieux”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosed in TJ to George Jefferson, 28 Oct.