Ink docketing signature as president, “Mr. Jefferson,” at the bottom of a letter sent to him by Congressman William Branch Giles, one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.5, dated September 25, 1801. The letter is an introduction for Mr. Tebeuffe, and reads, in part: “He is the son of a gentleman of that name, who some years ago came from France to the United States, with a view of establishing himself in some part of the western country, but in making the attempt, was unfortunately murdered by the Indians…After the death of the father, and during the minority of the son, the family was put on the list of emigrants by the then government of France [referring to the France’s Revolutionary-era list of political “undesirables” who were considered enemies of the state and were subjected to permanent exile and forfeiture of personal property]. Mr. Tebeuffe having received assurances that their names will now be erased from the emigrant list proposes to visit his native country, with a view of making his respects to his Mother, who is still living, and as far as may be practicable of reclaiming his estate. Mr. Tebeuffe, sensible of the high consideration attached to your name in France, conceives, that letters from you of his good conduct here, will essentially facilitate the execution of his objects.” Giles then goes on to describe Tebueffe and his employment in the mercantile business. In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, scattered light stains, primarily to edges and corners, mild toning over Jefferson’s handwriting, a few chips and small separations, and light show-through from writing on reverse. Jefferson earned the “high consideration” of the French government during his tenure as Minister to France from 1785 to 1789, during which time he lived in a house on the Champs Élysées in Paris. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Thomas Jefferson Ink docketing signature as president