Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to J. P. G. Muhlenberg, 13 May 1803

To J. P. G. Muhlenberg

Washington May. 13. 1803.

Dear Sir

There being no means of conveying foreign letters from this port, and your position being supposed advantageous for that, I take the liberty of availing myself of your friendship to ask you to give conveyance to the inclosed letters by such vessels bound to Cadiz and Lisbon direct, as may occur at your office. be so good as to excuse this trouble & to accept my friendly salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Genl. Muhlenberg”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosures: (1) TJ to William Jarvis, 10 May. (2) TJ to Joseph Yznardi, Sr., 10 May.

your position: Muhlenberg was collector of customs at Philadelphia (Muhlenberg to TJ, 7 Feb. 1803).

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