Albemarle, Va., 21 August 1777.
: Jefferson, Papers
, 2:27–29. Jefferson suggested applying for a loan from the Grand Duke of Tuscany,
who reportedly had a considerable hoard of crowns in his treasury. Philip Mazzei was
recommended as a suitable agent to negotiate the loan. Jefferson also speculated upon
the mystifying maneuvers of Howe, then threatening the shores of Virginia.