Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Pinckney, 1 December 1791

From Thomas Pinckney

Charleston 1st. Decr. 1791


The apprehension of appearing in an improper point of view to those whose esteem I earnestly desire to conciliate, occasions my giving you this trouble, in addition to the dispatches of a public nature forwarded by this opportunity.—A Paragraph has this morning appeared in a daily print of this City mentioning my intended mission.

I have only to assure you that no trifling indiscretion of mine has given rise to this report, which I found circulating on my arrival in Charleston four days after the receipt of your favor.—It is in itself a matter of small consequence, but it may give rise to impressions the apprehension of which I own gives me more uneasiness than perhaps it deserves.—With sentiments of sincere esteem & great respect I have the honor to be Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant,

Thomas Pinckney

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); at head of text: “(private)”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 Dec. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.

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