Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 5

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Author: Thomas Jefferson

To Governor Henry.

PARIS, August 9, 1786.

SIR,—I have duly received the honor of your Excellency’s letter of May 17, 1786, on the subject of Captain Green, supposed to be in captivity with the Algerines. I wish I could have communicated the agreeable news that this supposition was well founded, and I should not have hesitated to gratify as well your Excellency as the worthy father of Captain Green, by doing whatever would have been necessary for his redemption. But we have certainly no such prisoner at Algiers. We have there twenty-one prisoners in all. Of these only four are Americans by birth. Three of these are Captains, of the names of O’Brian, Stephens, and Coffyn. There were only two vessels taken by the Algerines, one commanded by O’Brian, the other by Stephens. Coffyn, I believe, was a supercargo. The Moors took one vessel from Philadelphia, which they gave up again with the crew. No other captures have been made on us by any of the piratical States. I wish I could say we were likely to be secure against future captures. With Morocco I have hope we shall; but the States of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli hold their peace at a price which would be felt by every man in his settlement with the tax-gatherer.

I have the honor to be, with sentiments of the highest respect, your Excellency’s most obedient, and most humble servant.

P.S. August 13, 1786. I have this morning received information from Mr. Barclay that our peace with the Emperor of Morocco would be pretty certainly signed in a few days. This leaves us the Atlantic free. Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli, however, remaining hostile, will shut up the Mediterranean to us. The two latter never come into the Atlantic; the Algerines rarely, and but a little way out of the Straits. In Mr. Barclay’s letter is this paragraph, "There is a young man now under my care, who has been a slave sometime with the Arabs in the desert." His name is James Mercier, born at the town of Suffolk, Nansemond County, Virginia. The King sent him after the first audience, and I shall take him to Spain. On Mr. Barclay’s return to Spain, he shall find there a letter from me to forward this young man to his own country, for the expenses of which I will make myself responsible.

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Chicago: Thomas Jefferson, "To Governor Henry.," Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 5 in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 5 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.377-379 Original Sources, accessed September 23, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA2HJ3WK3W92YQ7.

MLA: Jefferson, Thomas. "To Governor Henry." Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 5, in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 5 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.377-379, Original Sources. 23 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA2HJ3WK3W92YQ7.

Harvard: Jefferson, T, 'To Governor Henry.' in Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 5. cited in , Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 5 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.377-379. Original Sources, retrieved 23 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DA2HJ3WK3W92YQ7.