Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to J. P. G. Muhlenberg, 21 February 1803

To J. P. G. Muhlenberg

Washington Feb. 21. 1803.

Dear Sir

The three boxes mentioned in your letter of the 7th. inst. were addressed to me by mr Arnold Oelrichs of Bremen, through Borger, Kramer & Rump merchts. of Hamburg to Wachsmith & Soullier of Philadelphia. they contain 3. busts of value intended as a present to me; but as I have made it a rule to accept no presents while in office, I have declined having any thing to do with them. mr Oelrichs is an entire stranger to me. he wrote me a letter describing the contents of the boxes, and informed me that his friend mr James Zwisler of Baltimore would transmit me another. this last I never received, nor any letter from messrs. Wachsmith & Soullier. but I presume these last are the proper persons to direct what is to be done with them now, observing that my taking them is out of the question. accept my friendly & respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. A bill of lading is inclosed.

PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not found.

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