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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…

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…

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…