From Thomas Jefferson
Monticello Sep. 10. 1802.
Yours by yesterday’s post is recieved. The letter to Higginson & others is entirely approved, and is sealed & forwarded to mr. Brent. The Consulate at Nantes must be disposed of according to our former arrangement. I do not know whether the mr. Lynch recommended is the one who was living at Nantes when I was in France, or his son. Of that one there is something not favourable resting in my mind, altho’ I cannot recollect the particulars. But Patterson’s claims are certainly superior. I recd. from mr. Brent extracts from the letters of Chancr. Livingston & Sumpter concerning the resignation of the latter. I presume he does not wait for a formal permission. But suppose it had better be sent. I inclose you a commission of bankruptcy for your signature. It is to correct an error of having given a former one to a person of the same surname, for which this is now substituted. Mr. Brent reminds me of a parcel of blanks he sent for signature. I remember signing them, & sending them either to yourself or him.
We shall be very happy to see yourself, family, & Dr. & mrs. Thornton here. The Govr. is up at present; goes down on Thursday (16th.) and returns on Tuesday (21st.). When you get to the forks of the road at Will Becks’s, the other side of Milton, a turn of the road forces you to the river at Milton, & when there it is better to cross there & come round along the public road on this side the river, my private one being hardly wide enough & safe for a carriage, altho’ my waggons & carts do pass it. This adds a couple of miles to the length of the journey. With my best respects to the ladies accept assurances of my constant & affectionate friendship.
P. S. I notify the offices at Washington that the post which leaves that place on the 24th. inst. is the last by which any thing should be forwarded to me here.