Thomas Jefferson, while serving as United States Minister to France, wrote this letter to George Washington on July 17, 1785. This brief but fascinating letter discusses the possible use of submarines in warfare. Jefferson inquires about the progress of underwater experiments conducted by David Bushnell, and asks Washington's opinion regarding whether this method is capable of success. More

Date

July 17, 1785


People


Geography

  • Written - France

Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 9 in. x 7 1/2 in. (22.86 cm x 19.05 cm)


Credit

Purchased with funds donated by Dorothy McIlvain Scott, 2002


Signed

Recto, bottom right, in brown ink: Your most obedt. / & most humble servt/ Th: Jefferson


Object Number

MS-5672


Colors


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