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Letter, 1786 May 06, Paris, [France], to Henry Skipwith, n.p.

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Author: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Abstract: Asks him to research the existence of descendents in America of a "dancing master"; the British court is refusing to enter any negotiations with U.S. diplomats, either because of past animosities or for the purpose of "regulating our future conduct"; Jefferson proposes settling arguments over debts between parties in both countries by having the indebted pay only the interest that accrued before the war; arrangements between the U.S. and the "Pyratical states" of the Barbary Coast are uncertain, despite the former's attempts at diplomacy; Jefferson speculates that an expensive tribute will be demanded; Europe is temporarily at peace, but the expected death of the King of Prussia may change that; expresses reservations over Americans sending their sons to Europe for an education; "there is a great deal of ill to be learnt here by young people."
Issued Date: 1786-05-06
Subjects: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Correspondence
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/15199
Citation: Tucker-Coleman Papers: Series 2 Thomas Jefferson Correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.


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