Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Richard Bruce, 12 December 1791

From Richard Bruce

Albemarle 12th Decr. 1791


Having repeatedly Experienced favors of this kind from you it Emboldens me still to intrude further on your goodness.—David Owings and David Woods have got some military Claim sent on by the Assembly to Congress to have them settled—And they have wrote to Mr. Madison to lay them seperately before Congress. And as I was in some measure the Instigation of their not being paid as you will see by the papers therefore beg you to be so good as to try to get them settled when they Come to hand and write me word their fate. I am sir your most Obt. servt,

Rich Bruce

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ and noted in SJL as received 29 Dec. 1791; beneath endorsement TJ wrote: “Th:J. must trouble Mr. Remsen to enquire at the proper office relative to the inclosed.”

Owings and Woods, two former members of the Virginia Line who lived in TJ’s home county of Albemarle, were each issued a certificate of registered debt for $14.36, with interest thereon from 1 Mch. 1779, by the Department of the Treasury on 25 July 1792 under the terms of an act of March 1792 providing for the payment of members of the Continental Army and Navy for services rendered the United States (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, Gales & Seaton, 1832–1861, 38 vols. description ends , Claims, p. 389). In the letter to James Madison entreating him to support their claims, Owings and Woods noted that Bruce “manages the matter for us” (Owings and Woods to Madison, 12 Dec. 1791, Rutland, Madison description begins William T. Hutchinson, William M.E. Rachal, Robert A. Rutland and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962—, 14 vols. description ends , xiv, 148; see also Madison to TJ, 5 Mch. 1792).

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