From Daniel Lescallier
Au havre 2 May 1809
Your favour of feby 25th has been lately forwarded to me by Genl Armstrong. I return my thanks for your kind remembrance of me, sincerely wishing matters may settle to mutual satisfaction, and the true interest of both nations to preserve peace, and a profitable intercourse.
I ardently wish for opportunities of being agreable to you, or any of your countrymen.
I beg you will please to accept of a small notice on the geology of the Island Guadeloupe, here inclosed, and remain with great respect,
RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Aug. 1809 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found. Enclosed in James Madison to TJ, 3 Aug. 1809.
Daniel Lescallier (1743–1822), French diplomat and writer on maritime topics, produced maps of the West Indies and studied marine life during a two-year visit to Saint Domingue starting in 1764. He was named colonial prefect to Guadeloupe in 1800 and met TJ when he returned to France via the United States in 1803. Napoleon named Lescallier consul general to the United States in 1810, and he held that position until 1815. He initially remained in New York after the French emperor’s fall from power but died in Paris (Biographie universelle description begins Biographie universelle, ancienne et moderne, new ed., 1843–65, 45 vols. description ends , 24:287–90; Lescallier to TJ, 12 May 1817).
In his favour of 25 Feb. 1809 (CSmH: JF-BA), TJ had acknowledged Lescallier’s letter of 11 Sept. 1808 (MoSHi: TJC-BC) enclosing a copy of his Vocabulaire des Termes de Marine Anglais et Français (Paris, 1798; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 1232).
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