Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Clifford, 18 December 1804

Philada 18th Decemr 1804


In Consequence of Mr C S Raffinesque’s desire I took the liberty of opening the Letter with which you honourd him & presuming from the purport of it that you may still wish to engage a Botanist to accompany the expedition up the Red River, I am induced to trouble you with the information that Mr Raffinesque sailed a few Days ago for Leghorn, I have no doubt he will much regret the oppy thus lost of exploring so extended a Field of Botanical research & consider himself much obliged for your intention of employing him as one of the Party—

Yours very respectfully

Thomas Clifford

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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