Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Robert Smith, 2 February 1806

Feb. 2. 06.

Th: J to mr Smith.

I recieved last night a letter dated Pisa Nov. 17. from a friend a native of that country, in which he says ‘there came to me a letter at Volterra from mr Appleton in which he informs me of a misunderstanding between your Commodore & the Governor of Leghorn which caused him much uneasiness. I hastened my return to see if I could be of any use. I now recieve another in which he said: ‘the Commodore wrote to mr Mozzi at Florence stating the business, but hitherto the answer has not been received. I have nothing to do in the affair.’ the Senator Mozzi is the first minister of state, 80. years of age, & my friend from infancy. tomorrow I will see if I can ‘be useful.’ and in a P.S. of Nov. 18. from Leghorn he says ‘I have informed myself of the misunderstanding between Commodore Rogers & the Governor. I have not time by this conveyance to give the details. in the mean time I am sorry to say that the brave Commodore, most meritorious in his profession, is too ardent, and on this occasion has not an atom of reason on his side.’ Affectionate salutations

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