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Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

30 May 1786

Dear Sir Paris May 30. 1786

In my letter of this day I omitted to inform you that according to what we had proposed I have had a long consultation with the Count de Vergennes on the expediency of a Diplomatic mission to Constantinople. his information is that it will cost a great deal of money, as great presents are expected at that court & a great many claim them: and his opinion is that we shall not buy a peace one penny the cheaper at Algiers. he says that those people do indeed acknowlege a kind of vassalage to the Porte & avai1 themselves of it when there is any thing to be claimed; but regard it not at all when it subjects them to a duty. that money & fear are the two only agents at Algiers. he cited the example of Spain which tho under treaty with the Porte is yet obliged to buy a peace at Algiers at a most enormous price. this is the sum of his information. the Baron de Tott is gone to Flanders for the summer. I am with sincere respect & esteem Dr Sir / Your friend & sert

Th: Jefferson

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