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November 18, 2018 11:00AMCalender

Jones, John Paul (1747-1792) Secretarial Letter Signed, Paris, 3 September, 1786.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3176B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 18, 2018 11:00AM


Jones, John Paul (1747-1792) Secretarial Letter Signed, Paris, 3 September, 1786. Single leaf of laid paper, to Thomas Jefferson, as Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States for France, regarding international business and "prize money," see below for full text, during this period Jones and Jefferson were in almost constant contact concerning slow but important negotiations regarding piracy in the Mediterranean, Americans held captive by Algiers, American debts to European bankers, and piracy among the marauding Barbary pirates; the letter matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Jones; the letter 8 3/4 x 7 in.
"Sir, Since I had the honor of hearing from you last my Health has not permitted me to set out for Denmark. From the information I took at the Hotel of the Baron de Blome I understood he was to arrive from the Waters the 30th ult. so that I thought it better to wait till I could see him than to forward your Letter. His Servants arrived at the time that he was himself expected, and informed that the Baron had made a little jaunt to Geneva and would be at Paris the 15th this Month. I now have the honor to send you the second copy of the rolls, &c., that you lately forwarded to the Board of Treasury. There is a sure opportunity for London tomorrow at 2 o'clock. If you have any Letters to send, or if you think fit to forward the papers respecting the Prize-Money. I will give them in charge to the person who will safely deliver them in London. I am, Sir, with great esteem and respect, your most obedient and most humble Servant, Paul Jones.
Estimate $20,000-25,000

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Paul Jones, John Paul, Plenipotentiary, London, Denmark, Paris