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John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

11 Sep. 1785

Dear Sir, Grosvr: Square. 11th. Septemr: 1785.

In answer to your enquiry in your letter of the 4th. inst. I can only say that I knew Mr: Matzei at Paris & that he made long journeys. But in what stile he lived & at what expence he travelled I know not—He always made a genteel appearance without any unnecessary show, and kept good Company wherever he went. I observed this in Paris & heard of it in Holland—In Italy it could not be otherwise, for he is well known & esteemed there as I have always heard and particularly within these few days from the Genoese Ambassador & General Paoli; both of whom enquired of me, very respectfully, after Mr: Mazzei, at the Drawing Room, of their own motion.—Knowing as you & I do how little way a thousand pounds go, in expences of living, if I were to guess at his expences, altho’ he had not a house & train of Servants to maintain, nor a table that I know of—yet, considering the indispensible articles of Cloaths, Carriage, Postage & Stationary, as well as the ordinary expences of Apartmts: & [travelling] & all the rest, I could not undertake to pay his way for a less Sum.—

I am, dear Sir, / Yrs: &c: &c

(MHi: Adams Papers).
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