Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jacob Wagner, 20 August 1803

To Jacob Wagner

Monticello Aug. 20. 03.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Wagner and will be obliged to him to have put into the National Intelligencer an advertisement for the purpose of obtaining the information desired in the inclosed letter. he supposes no names need be mentioned but that of Francis Serraire & his father, and that the request may be to give the information to the department of state.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); endorsed by Wagner as received 25 Aug. and “Francois Serriere.” PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Recorded in SJL with notation “Serraire.” Enclosure: Joseph Barbier to TJ, 12 Mch. 1803.

An advertisement requesting information on the whereabouts of François (Francis) serraire appeared in the National Intelligencer on 26 Aug. 1803 and was reprinted in newspapers throughout the country (Vol. 40:34).

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