Jefferson, Thomas

1785 ANS a week before officially taking office as US Minster to France, to a Pennsylvania physician-economist in Paris

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1743-1826) Virginia patriot, member of Continental Congress and chief drafter of the Declaration of Independence. Virginia Governor 1779-81, Minister to France May 17, 1785-1789, Secretary of State 1790-93. Opposed Hamilton and became leader of the Democratic Republican Party. 2nd VP 1797-1801. As President 1801-09, his administration noted for the Louisiana Purchase, sponsoring Lewis & Clark exploration expedition, war against Algerian pirates, problems with Great Britain over impressment of American seamen leading to 1807 Embargo Act, and enactment of a prohibition against importation of slaves. A founder of the University of Virginia 1819. 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 3rd person ANS, (Paris), May 10 1785, in full: "Mr. Jefferson will hope the honor of Mr. Ruston's company to dinner tomorrow after the conclusion of the review." The "review" may possibly refer to the printing of an edition of 200 copies of Jefferson's "Notes on the State of Virginia" completed in Paris on May 10, 1785, his only full-length book, considered among the most important American books published before 1800. On the reverse Jefferson pens: "A Mons./Monsr Ruston/Hotel d'Orleans/Palais royale". Heavily in debt, Louis-Philippe-Joseph, Duke of Orléans, decided to erect buildings and arcades around the gardens to finance the enlargement of his palace. The gardens became a meeting place for intellectuals and a breeding ground for the clubs, societies, gambling dens and cafés in which the Revolution was plotted. DR. THOMAS RUSTON (ca. 1740–1804) Pennsylvania physician, 1761 A.B. from the College of New Jersey (Princeton), M.D. from the University of Edinburgh 1765. He practiced medicine in London until 1771 or 1772, when marriage to a wealthy heiress led him to pursue business in England before resuming medical practice in Exeter ca. the end of 1777. A strong supporter of the American cause despite residing in England during the Revolutionary War, Ruston wrote essays on American banking and finance which Benjamin Franklin so admired that he had them translated into French. In spring 1785 Ruston went to Paris and conferred with Franklin and Jefferson. He and Jefferson met 5 times and discussed American commercial policy in Europe. In 1786, he and his family moved to Philadelphia, where he joined the city’s elite owing to his wealth and became a director of the Bank of Pennsylvania, a member of the American Philosophical Society, public advocate of a balanced national economy, and a partner with Tench Coxe and Robert Morris, among others, in various speculative ventures that ultimately resulted in imprisonment for debt and fraud in 1796 and left his fortune in tatters.

Condition: Very good, professionally cleaned, backed and torn lower left corner immaculately restored
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