Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6

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Author: Thomas Jefferson

To Governor Randolph.

PARIS, February 7, 1787.

SIR,—I have the honor of enclosing to your Excellency, a report of the proceedings on the inauguration of the bust of the Marquis de La Fayette in this city. This has been attended with a considerable, but a necessary delay. The principle that the King is the sole fountain of honor in this country opposed a barrier to our desires, which threatened to be insurmountable. No instance of a similar proposition from a foreign power, had occurred in their history. The admitting it in this case, is a singular proof of the King’s friendly disposition towards the States of America, and of his personal esteem for the Marquis de La Fayette.

I take this, the earliest occasion, of congratulating my country on your Excellency’s appointment to the chair of government, and of assuring you with great sincerity, of those sentiments of perfect esteem and respect, with which I have the honor to be, your Excellency’s most obedient, and most humble servant.

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Chicago: Thomas Jefferson, "To Governor Randolph.," Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6 in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 6 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.84-85 Original Sources, accessed September 30, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L1JRUHKVBQX1N1M.

MLA: Jefferson, Thomas. "To Governor Randolph." Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6, in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 6 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.84-85, Original Sources. 30 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L1JRUHKVBQX1N1M.

Harvard: Jefferson, T, 'To Governor Randolph.' in Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 6. cited in , Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 6 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.84-85. Original Sources, retrieved 30 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L1JRUHKVBQX1N1M.