To Tench Coxe
[Philadelphia, June 19, 1794]
There was a Mr. Newton who appeared as President or Secretary of the Democratic Society at Norfolk. Who is he? Had he any connection with the Gentleman of that name lately an Inspector?1 I will thank you to make inquiry & let me know.
AL, Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
1. Thomas Newton, Jr., was inspector of the revenue for Survey No. 4 in Virginia from March 8, 1792, until his resignation in November, 1792 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 102, 111, 125, 136). His father, a merchant, was president of the Norfolk, Virginia, Republican (or Democratic) Society. See Eugene P. Link, Democratic-Republican Societies, 1790–1800 (New York, 1942: Reprinted, 1965), 75, 99. For Thomas Newton, Jr.’s, part in forming the Norfolk society, see Link, Democratic-Republican Societies, 10.