Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to J. B. Moussier, 28 November 1809

To J. B. Moussier

Monticello Nov. 28. 09.


I return you thanks for your attention to the packet of books which mr Gazzera has been so kind as to send me, & which are safely recieved. should you be in correspondence with him, it will be an additional obligation if you will be so kind as to convey to him the expression of my thanks and respects. this I shall also do myself by letter to him, but the present disordered state of the ocean makes it prudent to multiply the chances of making any communication which has to cross that.

On the reciept of your letter of Sep. 14. I addressed one to mr Gallatin inclosing that, and submitting your request with respect to the paintings, to his consideration, with such observations as the case admitted. I have just now recieved his answer in these words. ‘with every desire to promote objects connected with the arts, & which do not participate of the commercial character, to which the existing restrictions were intended to apply, it is not percieved that the indulgence applied for can be granted consistent with the letter of the Non-intercourse law. Albert Gallatin.’ I am sorry your views as to these paintings should thus be delayed. but the difficulties which have produced these restrictions on our foreign intercourse are not unknown to you, nor the rigorous spirit of equality with which the laws must be administered in a government like ours, however sensible we all are of the personal inconveniences they subject us to. with my regrets at this disappointment be pleased to accept the assurances of my great respect & consideration.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF-BA); at foot of text: “M. Moussier”; endorsed by TJ.

No letter of thanks from TJ to Henri gazzera has been found, and none is recorded in SJL. Gallatin wrote his 11 Nov. 1809 answer, copied verbatim here by TJ, on the verso of Moussier’s letter to TJ of 14 Sept. 1809.

Index Entries

  • books; sent by H. Gazzera search
  • Gallatin, Albert; and case of J. B. Moussier search
  • Gazzera, Jean Antoine Henri Eugene; sends books to TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives books search
  • Moussier, J. B.; art collection of search
  • Moussier, J. B.; forwards package to TJ search
  • Moussier, J. B.; letters to search
  • Non-Intercourse Act; and J. B. Moussier search