Thomas Jefferson Papers

Peter Poinsot to Thomas Jefferson, 2 March 1819

From Peter Poinsot

Cette March. 2d 1819


I avail myself to the opportunity by Capn Edmund Qy Sheafe of the America Brig the Horizon, who is on the point of Sailing hence to New York, to return you my sincere thanks for your kindness in procuring me the information and Documents relative to my Lands, & for your favor accompanying them, dated 25th Nov. last I hope that the letters which I had the honour of writing to you on the 12th & 14th September has reached you duly

After a great deal of trouble I have at length obtained an authentical office Copy of the Original Deed which lies deposited with a Notary public at Marseille.

My advanced age and my family cares preventing me from undertaking a Voyage to America, I must endeavour to find a trusty person to act for me, and as an encouragment, I would offer him a part1 of the property, but it is so long Since I quitted your continent, that I fear my former connection there are all extinct. I Shall therefore try thro’ the medium of my Friends to fix upon a confidential agent at Baltimore—St Peterburgh or Washington, and according to the Succes of his proceeding—I shall consider whether it would not be advisable to form an Establishment for my eldest Son (who has the advantage of a finished English education) in that part of the world where his father Spent so many happy days—

Mr Barnet gives me the hopes that my nomination to the Consulship here, is likely to take place, at the ensuing Session of Congress, Especially if you have had the Goodness—to accompany with your favorable representations, the Letters that I sent you for the President &c.

It affords me particular pleasure to learn that your health is restored, and may you preserve it as long as is destined by the Sincere wishes of

Sir Your most Obedient humble Servant


RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 May 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

Poinsot’s letter to TJ of the 14th september 1818 has not been found and is not recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “apart.”

Index Entries

  • Barnet, Isaac Cox; as consul search
  • Cette (Sète), France; U.S. consul at search
  • Congress, U.S.; and consular appointments search
  • Horizon (brig) search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • Poinsot, Peter; and TJ’s health search
  • Poinsot, Peter; family of search
  • Poinsot, Peter; land grant to search
  • Poinsot, Peter; letter from accounted for search
  • Poinsot, Peter; letters from search
  • Poinsot, Peter; seeks consulship search
  • Sheafe, Edmund Quincy (ship captain) search