Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Vaughan to Thomas Jefferson, 24 March 1815

From John Vaughan

Philad. March 24. 1815

Dr sir

I have Seen Mr Girard—who will lodge the necessary directions with Mess Perregaux & Lafitte Banquiers at Paris to supply to the extent of 500$ as Called Upon by Your Agent for purchases.—When therefore you Send your orders to me send therewith your Directions to your purchasing agent to call on these Gentlemen for funds as wanted, & write a letter to Perregaux & Lafitte to furnish the money on the Call of the Agent—If Michaux is the Person he will call for 50 or 100$ & when that is laid out a further sum, & furnish you an exact acco. of Expenditures—When it becomes convenient You can furnish the funds, & I will then see Mr Girard & either pay him or remit to his Bankers as he may choose—Send Duplicates or I will have duplicates made of the list here, the letters had better be your own—or even triplicates which I shall carefully forward—Exchange on France is about 1$ for 5 fs on England 3 p % below par, So that Treasury notes which are at 3 p % would purchase a Sterling Bill at Par—Any purchases to be1 made here I shall chearfully attend to—Your directions must be particular as to Editions &c We are rather bare of good English Editions, but if I have your list you Shall be speedily informed—Any purchases here may be made on a Credit to suit your Convenience altho’ abatemt in price is the result of Cash—

I shall most chearfully either here or thro’ the medium of my friends in Europe do every thing in my power to assist you in your object I have a Brother William Vaughan, who will be equally desirous of being made Serviceable

M Alex Everitt who goes Secy with D Eustis is here, he is Brother to the Minister at Boston lately appointed Greek Prof at Cambridge this gentleman A. E. was with M Adams 18 ms at Petersburg; he will do us Credit abroad M Correa Well, desires respects & is anxiously waiting the Settling of the troubled2 Waters in Europe, in order to adjourn to Paris—We shall miss him much

I remain with respect Your friend & sert

Jn Vaughan

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Mar. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

Alexander H. Everett (everitt) and William eustis, the newly appointed envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the Netherlands, sailed from Boston on 8 June. Edward Everett was appointed professor of greek literature at Harvard University in 1815 (Boston Patriot, 10 June 1815; New-Bedford Mercury, 16 June 1815; Harvard Catalogue description begins Harvard University Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates, 1636–1925, 1925 description ends , 63).

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  • Adams, John Quincy; minister plenipotentiary to Russia search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; plans to return to Europe search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; sends greetings to TJ search
  • currency; exchange of search
  • Eustis, William; as minister plenipotentiary to the Netherlands search
  • Eustis, William; departs Boston for the Netherlands search
  • Everett, Alexander Hill; secretary to J. Q. Adams search
  • Everett, Alexander Hill; secretary to W. Eustis search
  • Everett, Edward; professorship at Harvard search
  • France; exchange rate in search
  • Girard, Stephen; and TJ’s lines of credit search
  • Great Britain; exchange rate in search
  • Harvard University; E. Everett’s professorship at search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; lines of credit in Europe search
  • Michaux, François André; mentioned search
  • Perregaux, Laffitte & Compagnie (Paris firm); and TJ’s lines of credit in France search
  • schools and colleges; Harvard University search
  • The Netherlands; W. Eustis as U.S. minister to search
  • Treasury Department, U.S.; treasury notes search
  • Vaughan, John; and TJ’s lines of credit in Europe search
  • Vaughan, John; letters from search
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  • Vaughan, William; family of search