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Letter, 1788 December 8, Paris, [France] to [William Short], n.p.

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Author: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Abstract: Mentions the extreme cold in Paris; reports on public reactions to the Notables' "treasonable vote against the people," including "sketches of what should be a bill of rights"; stock prices are rising and are accompanied by increased costs of corn and flour in France and abroad; Pierre Louis de Chastenet, Comte de Puysegur has replaced the Count de Bryenne after the latter's retirement;Mme. de Chambonois died of smallpox; reports that the King of England's disease "was a lunacy" and that the British are expected to establish a regency; passes on political news from the United States, including that "industry and economy begin to take place of the idleness and extravagance which had succeeded the close of the war"; John Jay and Henry Knox are rumored to be candidates for vice president; Jefferson claims the states seem willing to amend the Constitution with a bill of rights, the process for which Jefferson explains, but they worry about losing the power to tax.
Issued Date: 1788-12-08
Subjects: George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
Jay, John, 1745-1829
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Correspondence
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/15311
Citation: Thomas Jefferson Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

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