Thomas Jefferson Papers

Isaac Cox Barnet to Thomas Jefferson, 23 September 1817

From Isaac Cox Barnet

Paris—Septr 23d 1817.


I have the honor to transmit to you—herewith—a letter received by me yesterday from General Kosciuszko.

General La Fayette is in town and in good health—He honored me with a call day before yesterday. His friends are exerting themselves to make a Deputy of him and the ministerialists are most actively engaged on their side to avort his election … Several libellous pamphlets have been circulated in the assemblies and M. De Stael told me yesterday that he wished to publish something in refutation, but the General—like some of his distinguished american friends—despises their calumies and requested his friend to relinquish the project …

The result of the first day’s poll was the election of Mr Laffitte

 The other 7 highest are Messrs Benj: Delessert—Banker
2. Casimir Perrier—   Do
3—  Manuel—Lawyer
4—  Bellart—Atty Genl
6—  Roy—ex-deputy
7—Gilbert des Voisins

Next—Pasquier—Minister of Justice—

La Fayette—Coupy—Delaistre &c. &c—14 more—so that it is hardly to be expected that the elections will be completed in the Sections by the common course of voting—as in the case of Laffitte—but rather that they will be determined by ballotting those highest on the list in the proportion Required by the miserable law on the subject. … Still, the friends of “Constitutional” Goverment entertain well founded hopes of useful progress—limited as may be their numbers—and shackled as will be every step attempted—The prospect is also favourable in the Departments to which Mr D’Argenson (“Haut Rhin”) and the Duke de Broglie (“Eure”) belong—

In all events there seems to be a general impression given to public opinion—favorable to the good cause, and much is said of the lamentations of the adherents of pure Royalty …

The discontent throughout the country is certainly very great—and were it not compressed by exterior influence there is no saying how soon another popular movement might not be excited. The causes of this discontent you are no doubt well aware of.

The crops of grain, tho’ short of common years—are of excellent quality—but the price of Bread continues high. Here—the 4 ℔: Loaf is still at 1 fc

Lancasterian Schools are multiplying—and if allowed to go on a few years—of which I have doubts—the nation will gain something. I enclose a paper by Mr Constant and remain, with sentiments of respect and attachment—Sir, your most devoted and obedt Servt

I, Cox Barnet

RC (DLC); ellipses in original; at foot of text: “To Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Dec. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Tadeusz Kosciuszko to TJ, 15 Sept. 1817. Other enclosure not found.

avort: French for “abort.” coupy: Guillaume Louis Isidore Goupy. On 20 Sept. 1817 elections began in the electoral college of Paris to fill seats in the Chamber of Deputies. Three rounds of voting were to be held in conformity with a 5 Feb. 1817 election law (Journal de Paris, Politique, Commercial et Litteraire, 22–26 Sept. 1817; Bulletin des Lois du Royaume de France, 7th ser., 4 [1817]: 113–8).

Index Entries

  • agriculture; in France search
  • Barnet, Isaac Cox; and T. Kosciuszko search
  • Barnet, Isaac Cox; letters from search
  • Barnet, Isaac Cox; on French elections search
  • Bellart, Nicolas François; as electoral candidate search
  • bread; price of search
  • Broglie, Achille Léonce Victor Charles, duc de; and Chambre des Députés search
  • Constant de Rebecque, Henri Benjamin; as electoral candidate search
  • Constant de Rebecque, Henri Benjamin; works of search
  • Delaitre, Bernard Jean Etienne Raymond; as electoral candidate search
  • Delessert, Jules Paul Benjamin; as electoral candidate search
  • education; in France search
  • education; Lancasterian system search
  • food; bread search
  • France; agriculture in search
  • France; Chambre des Députés search
  • France; education in search
  • France; political situation in search
  • Gilbert de Voisins, Pierre Paul Alexandre, comte; as electoral candidate search
  • Goupy, Guillaume Louis Isidore; as electoral candidate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; mentioned search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; as electoral candidate search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; health of search
  • Laffitte, Jacques; election of search
  • Lancaster, Joseph; educational system of search
  • Manuel, Jacques Antoine; as electoral candidate search
  • Pasquier, Etienne Denis; as electoral candidate search
  • Périer, Casimir Pierre; as electoral candidate search
  • politics; elections search
  • Roy, Antoine Joseph; as electoral candidate search
  • Staël Holstein, Auguste Louis, baron de; and Lafayette search
  • Voyer de Paulmy, Marc René Marie de, marquis d’Argenson; and Chambre des Députés search