Thomas Jefferson Papers

V. To Napoleon Bonaparte, 19 April 1803

V. To Napoleon Bonaparte

Citizen First Consul,

I have made choice of      1 one of our distinguished Citizens, to reside near the French Republic in quality of Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. He is well apprized of the friendship which we bear to your Republic, and of our desire to cultivate the harmony and good correspondence so happily subsisting between us. From a knowledge of his fidelity, probity and good conduct, I have entire confidence that he will render himself acceptable to you, and give effect to our desire of preserving and advancing on all occasions the interest and happiness of the two Nations. I beseech you, therefore, Citizen First Consul, to give full credence to whatever he shall say on the part of the United States, and most of all when he shall assure you of our friendship and wishes for the prosperity of the French Republic: and I pray God to have you, Citizen First Consul, in his safe and holy keeping.

Written at the City of Washington, the Nineteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and three.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Monroe Papers); in a clerk’s hand except signatures; below signature: “By the President,” followed by Madison’s signature as secretary of state; addressed in Jacob Wagner’s hand: “To the First Consul of the French Republic”; with seal of the United States. Dupl (PHC); in a clerk’s hand except signatures; at head of text: “(Duplicate)”; with seal. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, Credences); in a clerk’s hand.

1In RC, Dupl, and FC, clerks inserted Monroe’s name in the blank. In FC his name was later canceled.

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