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Thomas Jefferson ALS, “A man of literature and a genuine republican”

Autograph Letter Signed, “Th: Jefferson”, as Secretary of State, Philadelphia, 1 p., 4to., June 1, 1793, to George Clinton, governor of New York and Jefferson’s future vice president. Pristine without any noticeable flaws, other than a virtually indiscernible crease lower left, far from any writing. Not examined out of the frame. Overall framed size: 26" x 19.5" x 1.25." Ex-W. Graham Arader Galleries, Lionheart Autographs.

Jefferson’s letter, in full, “The bearer hereof, Monsr. De Hauterive, appointed Consul at New York in the place of M. de Crevecoeur, having brought me some very particular recommendations from friends at Paris, who would not give them lightly, I comply with their desire in presenting him to your notice. In a short conversation which I had with him I found him a man of literature, and a genuine republican, under which character I am sure he will be acceptable to your Excellency. The Minister here also seems to interest himself particularly for him. I therefore take the liberty of asking your countenance of him, both in the social & official line, and verily believe he will do justice to your attentions: which will also be considered as a favor conferred on your Excellency.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He had previously served as the second vice president of the United States between 1797 and 1801. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation; he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level.

George Clinton (1739-1812) was an American soldier and statesman and was considered to be one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A prominent Democratic-Republican, Clinton served as the fourth vice president of the United States from 1805 until his death in 1812. He also served as governor of New York from 1777 to 1795 and from 1801 to 1804. Along with John C. Calhoun, he is one of two vice presidents to hold office under two presidents.

Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur (1735-1813) was French-born naturalized American surveyor and writer, and friend of Thomas Jefferson. Also known as John Hector St. John, he had come to American as a young man, and settled on a farm in New York. During the years 1783-1790, he was the French consul in New York, a position that forced him to forfeit his cherished American citizenship.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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