Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Taylor (for Reuben G. Beasley) to Thomas Jefferson, 29 March 1819

From Thomas Taylor (for Reuben G. Beasley)

American Consulate Havre 29 March 1819


I received a few days since a Case of Seeds from Mr Thouin of the Jardin du Roi to be forwarded to your address by the first opportunity, And as no direct conveyance at present offers I have shipped it on board the Brig John Burgwin—Capt: Perry bound to Philadelphia to the care of the Collector, with a request that he will cause it to be forwarded to you immediately after its arrival.—

I have the honor, to be, very respectfully,   Sir,
Your most Obedt Servant
for  R G Beasley
Thos Taylor

RC (MHi); entirely in Taylor’s hand; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Beasley received 23 May 1819 and so recorded (with additional bracketed notation: “seeds”) in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Leitch, 7 Mar. 1820, on verso; addressed by Taylor: “Thomas Jefferson &c: &c: &c: Monticello Virginia ⅌ John Burgwin”; stamp canceled; franked; stamped “SHIP”; postmarked Philadelphia, 16 May.

Thomas Taylor (1786–1875) of London, was appointed the chancellor and principal clerk of the American consulate at Le Havre in 1818, and he served in that capacity for more than forty years. During his final decade of life he was a United States dispatch agent at that French port. Taylor died in Le Havre, leaving an estate in England worth under £7,000 (ASP, Foreign Relations, 5:30–1; Executive Documents printed by order of the House of Representatives [1859], 7:14–5; Index to the Executive Documents of the House of Representatives [1885], 378; Benjamin Perley Poore, comp., Congressional Directory, compiled for the use of Congress [1874], 94; London Times, 7 Jan. 1876; New York Herald, 19 Jan. 1876; Principal Probate Registry, London, Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England [1876], 11:337).

The collector at Philadelphia was John Steele.

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; and seeds for TJ search
  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; letters from search
  • France; seeds from search
  • Jardin des plantes et Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle; seeds from search
  • John Burgwin (brig) search
  • Perry, Charles (ship captain) search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • Steele, John (1758–1827); and packages for TJ search
  • Taylor, Thomas (of Le Havre); and seeds for TJ search
  • Taylor, Thomas (of Le Havre); identified search
  • Taylor, Thomas (of Le Havre); letter from search
  • Thoüin, André; sends seeds to TJ search