Thomas Jefferson Papers

Levett Harris to Thomas Jefferson, 25 September 1810

From Levett Harris

St Petersburg 13/25 September 1810.

dear Sir,

I have the pleasure of transmitting You herewith a copy of the last work of Count John Potocky of which he requests your Acceptance.

Mr John Spear Smith has lately returned from an interesting tour in the interior, where he has been received & treated by the principal nobility with great destinction. As Mr. Adams since his arrival here, has releived me some what of the burthen of public business I find that I am now able to absent myself for a time from my post without injury to the interests confided to me. I therefore purpose spending the next Winter at Paris & shall set out in Company with Mr J. S. Smith in November next. We shall be provided from hence with all the letters necessary to secure us, the reception we may wish & to see that great & interesting Capital with every advantage.

I am with ye highest Consideration & Respect

dear Sir, Your most Obed. Servt

Levett Harris

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Mar. 1811 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Jean Potocki to TJ, 19 Aug. 1810. Enclosed in Dominick Barthe to TJ, 8 Mar. 1811.

John Quincy adams had been in Saint Petersburg since October 1809 as United States minister plenipotentiary to Russia (Adams to Abigail Adams, 8 Feb. 1810, Worthington Chauncey Ford, description begins Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Letterpress Edition, 1892–99, 10 vols. description ends ed., Writings of John Quincy Adams [1913–17], 3:394).

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