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 File — Box: Manuscripts Group 2 Box 28, Folder: 1

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William Short, Paris to [?] Donald, October 8 1789 Mentions that Thomas Jefferson is at Havre; trusts his opinion of whether the warrants should be sold at a loss to purchase certificares by Jan. 1; mentions that the market will probably be good for wheat and flour.

Commission signed by President George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, New York, April 20, 1790 Appointing William Short Charge des Affaires for the United States to France

Commission signed by Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury, September 1, 1790 Authorizing William Short to borrow money to finance the public and foreign debt of the United States. See Medium Oversize File.

Certificate of appointment of William Carmichael and William Short as commissioners plenpotentiary from the United States to the King of Spain, March 18, 1792 Signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, with the seal of the United States affixed. See Medium Oversize File.

French Passport issued to William Short as Minister to France, December 29, 1792

Appointment, signed by President George Washington and Edmund Randolph, of William Short, July 11, 1794 Giving him the authority to negotiate with the King of Spain concerning the navigation of the Mississipi River. See Medium Oversize File.

George Washington, President, to "Our Great and Good Friend His Catholic Majesty," Charles IV, King of Spain, Explains the departure of William Short, Minister, being due to ill health, June 11, 1796 Accession information states that this letter was William Short's personal copy

William Short, Philadelphia, to Henry Dilworth Gilpin, May 15, 1839 Recommending a young man for a position at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

William Short, Philadelphia, to Charles W. Short, Louisville, Kentucky, November 14, 1846 Mentions his failing health; gives his opinion of Charles' son's marriage; states that the last letter received was accompanied by the deed.

William Short, Philadelphia, to Charles W. Short, Louisville, Kentucky, March 20, 1847. Mentions defeating the descendants of William Penn; asks that Charles make sure that his favorite sister, Martha, is provided for; states he has made a deed naming Charles heir to his house. Including postscript from William Short, Philadelphia, to Charles W. Short, Louisville, Kentucky, 21 March 1847, concerning revision of the deed to his house, future care of his eldest sister Martha, and other financial information.

William Short, to Charles W. Short, Louisville, Kentucky March 29, 1847 Expresses his opinion concerning wills and his desires concerning the handling of his personal will. Including postscript, from William Short to Charles W. Short, Louisville, Kentucky, 30 March 1847, concerning relatives previously left out of his will that he wishes to include.

Will of William Short, September 11, 1847 Certified copy attached.

Book of Robert Munford, including the name William Short, 1772 containing the rules for calculating currency discounts.

Photograph, 8"x10", black and white, of the watch and fob once owned by William Short, November 1983

Photograph, 8"x10", black and white, of the watch and fob once owned by William Short. No negative available. 1 item. Ph. Including Documentation, 3 November 1983, by the National Museum of American History, giving a detailed analysis of the watch.

Photograph of "Rosalie", the Duchesse de la Rochefoucald, undated

Photograph, oval cut mounted on 3 1/2"x4 1/2" mat, color, of "Rosalie", the Duchesse de la Rochefoucald. No negative available. 1 item. Ph. including documentation of the photograph. 4 pp. Also including an article entitled "Our First Career Diplomat and the Duchesse" or "Uncle Willie's Wallet and the Lady Inside", by Lucille McWane Watson.

Watch and fob owned and worn by William Short. See Artifact File.

Genealogical chart of descendants of William Short, 1931 compiled by William Allen Richardson. See Oversize File.


  • 1772-1931
  • 1772, 1789-1847, 1931

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