To Madame Bonneville November 15, 1802

To Madame Bonneville November 15, 1802

WASHINGTON,

MY DEAR MADAME AND MY DEAR BOYS :

I this moment received your letter with great pleasure, for I was anxious

for your safety on the passage, as the weather with us was several times stormy. You enclose me a bill for -L-22: 10s. sterling, payable to Capt. Stanley, for the balance of your passage.1 I will be obliged to Capt. Stanley to tell me in what manner I shall remit the money to him, and it shall be done immediately. I have written to Col. Kirkbride, of Bordentown, in the State of New Jersey, who will expect your coming there, and from whom you will receive every friendship. I expect to be there myself in about a month or five weeks. If you are in want of money to continue your journey to Bordentown, I will be obliged to any of my friends in Norfolk to supply you, and I will remit it to them as soon as I am informed of it. I can depend on your economy in the use of it, and you and the poor boys can rest upon my friendship. I am not personally acquainted with Col. Newton, of Norfolk, but I find he is a friend of Mr. [James] Madison, the Secretary of State, and if Col. Newton will be so kind as to supply you with what money you may want, I will repay it immediately into the hands of Mr. Madison, or remit it to him through the Postmaster.

I suppose your best way will be to come up the bay by the packet to Baltimore, and from thence to Philadelphia and Bordentown. If you should have to stay two or three days at Baltimore, enquire for Capt. Clark, Bond street, No. 102. He is the captain of the ship in which I came. I shall write to Mrs. Clark to inform her of your coming.

The letter you have from Mr. Mercier for Mr. Jefferson you can enclose under cover to me, either from Norfolk, or more conveniently from Baltimore, if you come that way. Mr. Murray, a merchant, who several times called upon me at your house in Paris, lives now in Baltimore, but I do not know his address. Embrace the poor boys for me and tell them they will soon see me at Bordentown. I shall write again to Col. Kirkbride to inform him of your arrival.

Your sincere affectionate friend,

THOMAS PAINE.

  1. Although Nicolas de Bonneville could not accompany Paine to America, his wife, Madame Bonneville, and their three children, Benjamin, Thomas and Louis, arrived in the United States soon after Paine. Benjamin, whose pet name was Bebia, later became a general in the United States Army. His journal of an exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains was edited by Washington Irving.-Editor.