Thomas Jefferson Papers

John F. Oliveira Fernandes to Thomas Jefferson, 28 May 1822

From John F. Oliveira Fernandes

London May 28th 1822.

Dear Sir!

My last respects to you, were dated in the latter part of June ultimo, in reply to your extremely obliging letter of the same month.

Hopeful was I, at the time, to address you immediately after my arrival at Madeira; but anxious to pay my most sacred duty, both of respect and gratitude to His Most Faithful Majesty, I left the Island on the first of October for Lisbon, where I arrived on the 22d of the same.

It was the King’s Pleasure to Appoint me His Minister Chargé d’Affaires, for this Court; having hardly time to arrange my own small matters, I proceeded to Falmouth, where I landed on the 9th of last Decemr and entered London on the 11th

What different Sensations and ideas came to my mind, combining my own feelings when introduced to you by my friends, the Honble Thomas Newton of Virginia, and the Honble Cocke Senator of Kentucky. I was so kindly received & treated by yourself (then President of the United States) in November 1803;—with those, when presented by the Marquess of Londonderry to His Britannic Majesty! I leave it to your Consideration, knowing, long ago, my ideas & sentiments.

Owing, perhaps, to my inability of managing the Affairs, it has been His Most Faithful Majesty’s Pleasure to remove me from this Court to that of Paris:—I am, however, uncertain, whether I shall go or not.

It was my decided intention to defer till then, the honor of addressing you; but the Chevalier Francis Sólâno Constancio, a particular friend of mine, being appointed our Minister Chargé d’Affaires to the Government of the U.Ss, I thought proper to write to you, begging to introduce him to your acquaintance & favour.

He is a gentleman of great information and ability; and I have no doubt, that his efforts in procuring a lasting alliance between the two Countries, will be happily crowned; much more so, if seconded by your wisdom & philanthropy.

Really and sincerely interested in the continuance of your precious life & health, I shall always feel delighted and extremely thankful to have the honor of hearing from you; being, with the highest respect and consideration,

Dear Sir! Your most obedt Servant

John F d’Oliveira Fernandes

RC (DLC); between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Dec. 1822 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in Francisco Solano Constancio to TJ, 14 Dec. 1822.

William Cocke, a native of Virginia, actually represented Tennessee, not kentucky, in the United States Senate, 1796–97 and 1799–1805 (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Castlereagh, Robert Stewart, Viscount; as foreign secretary search
  • Cocke, William; introduces J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search
  • Constancio, Francisco Solano; introduced to TJ search
  • George IV, king of Great Britain; and appointments search
  • John VI, king of Portugal and Brazil; mentioned search
  • Newton, Thomas (1768–1847); introduces J. F. Oliveira Fernandes search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; as Portuguese diplomat search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; introduced to TJ search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; introduces F. S. Constancio search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; letters from search
  • Oliveira Fernandes, John Francisco; returns to Portugal search