Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Short to Thomas Jefferson, 7 February 1810

From William Short

Jefferson—Feb 7. to enclose that of Mr Bottaannouncg my return—on acct of public affair & mail— & Breck’s death—& had known it shd have gone in Wasp certainly—now go by England or Rochelle—why not J. Adams

FC (DLC: William Short Papers, 34:6319), abstract in Short’s hand from a portion of his epistolary record containing entries of January and February 1810, written on a sheet folded to form narrow pages; partially dated. Recorded in SJL as a letter of 7 Feb. 1810 received from Paris on 17 June 1810. Enclosure: Carlo Botta to TJ, 12 Jan. 1810, not found, but recorded in SJL as received from Paris on 17 June 1810. Enclosed in James Madison to TJ, 15 June 1810.

On this day Short also wrote James Madison from Paris, announcg his imminent departure from France; stating he would have left on the wasp in September had the weather been more favorable; defending his decision not to embark on the John adams because it was to sail during the worst part of the year; advising Madison that, in consequence of recent events at La Rochelle, he intended to travel first to Great Britain; and commenting favorably on the recently appointed Russian minister to the United States, Théodore Pahlen (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 2:222–3).

Samuel Breck was a wealthy merchant serving at the time of his death as Short’s representative in Philadelphia (Boston Columbian Centinel, 13 May 1809).

Index Entries

  • Botta, Carlo Giuseppe Guglielmo; letters from accounted for search
  • Breck, Samuel search
  • John Adams (ship); and W. Short search
  • Madison, James; and W. Short search
  • Pahlen, Théodore, Count; opinions of search
  • Short, William; and J. Madison search
  • Short, William; letters from search
  • Short, William; returns to U.S. search
  • Wasp (brig); carries letters to and from Europe search