Jefferson to Washington on the Ransom of Prisoners from Pirates

28 Dec. 1790 The Secretary of State, having had under Consideration the Situation of the Citizens of the United States in Captivity at Algiers, makes the following Report thereupon to the President of the United States. When the House of Representatives, at their late Session, were pleased to refer to the Secretary of State, the …

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Jefferson to David Hartley on Politics in America

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TO DAVID HARTLEY. Paris, September 5, 1785. Dear Sir, Your favor of April the 15th happened to be put into my hands at the same time with a large parcel of letters from America, which contained a variety of intelligence. It was then put where I usually place my unanswered letters; and I, from time …

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Jefferson to Jay Regarding Debt, Postal Service, and Musket Technology

TO JOHN JAY. Paris, August 30,1785. Sir, I had the honor of writing to you on the 14th instant, by a Mr. Cannon of Connecticut, who was to sail in the packet. Since that date yours of July the 13th has come to hand. The times for the sailing of the packets being somewhat deranged, …

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Thomas Jefferson to John Jay on Agriculture and a Navy

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TO JOHN JAY. (Private.) Paris, August 23, 1785. Dear Sir, I shall sometimes ask your permission to write you letters, not official, but private. The present is of this kind, and is occasioned by the question proposed in yours of June the 14th; ‘Whether it would be useful to us, to carry all our own …

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Thomas Jefferson’s Advice to His Nephew, Peter Carr

TO PETER CARR. Paris, August 19, 1785. Dear Peter, I received, by Mr. Mazzei, your letter of April the 20th. I am much mortified to hear that you have lost so much time; and that when you arrived in Williamsburg, you were not at all advanced from what you were when you left Monticello. Time …

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