Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4

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Author: Thomas Jefferson

To Charles Thomson.

1 1. Copied from Collections of the N. Y. Historical Society for 1878, page 186.

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PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 1784.

DEAR SIR,—I received your favor of the 16th last night. I was out when it was delivered, so knew not how it came, a circumstance no otherwise important than as I am at a loss how or where to enquire for the packet which should have accompanied it, containing the commissions, instructions, etc. I shall immediately, however, make the enquiry. I am obliged to you for the order for the journal. I shall make use of it to procure those of 1779-1783, and part of 1784 which my set wants. My matter in the printing way is dropped. Aitken had formerly told me he would print it for £4 a sheet. He now asks £5 10s., which raised the price from £48 to £66; but what was a more effectual and inseparable bar was that he could not complete it under three weeks, a time I could not wit for it. Dunlap happened to be out of town, so I relinquished th plan. Perhaps I may have a few copies struck off in Paris if there be an english printer. If I do you shall assuredly have one. I shall take the liberty of adding some of your notes—thos which were mandatory merely will have their effect on the body of the work. I left all the papers belonging to the Grand Committee in the hands of Mr. Blanchard. Among these were the papers relating to Vermont. My reason for not delivering them to you as I did the others, was, that the Committee was to sit that morning. There are vessels arrived her which left London as late as the 14th of April. Nothing important, however, has yet been communicated from them. The principal interesting occurrence here is a very daring insult committed on Mr. Marbois by a Frenchman, who calls himself the Chevalier De Longchamps, but he is in fact, the nephew of th Minister’s steward’s wife. He obliged him in his own defence to box in the street like a porter. He is demanded by the Minister to be delivered up by the Executive her to be sent to France for punishment. They are plodding over the case. Whether he be a citizen of America or not is not yet decided. I shall endeavor to make myself acquainted with the facts, because it will probably be the cause of something disagreeable here, and perhaps on the other side of the water. I think there is a desire in the Executive to give every satisfaction they can, but whether it is in the syllables and letters of the law that a Frenchman committing an outrage may be delivered up to his master for punishment to matter dubity. You will hear enough of it, as it comes to Congress, of course; so I will add no more than my repectful compliments to Mrs. Thomson and assurances to yourself that I am, with much esteem, dear Sir, your friend and servant.

P.S. I find your letter came by post, but no packet with it. The arrival of so late a vessel is now contradicted.

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Chicago: Thomas Jefferson, "To Charles Thomson.," Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4 in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 4 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.454-456 Original Sources, accessed February 6, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8ESSYNGIV8SAP7H.

MLA: Jefferson, Thomas. "To Charles Thomson." Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4, in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 4 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.454-456, Original Sources. 6 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8ESSYNGIV8SAP7H.

Harvard: Jefferson, T, 'To Charles Thomson.' in Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4. cited in , Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 4 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.454-456. Original Sources, retrieved 6 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8ESSYNGIV8SAP7H.