Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jacob Hollingsworth, 6 November 1792

To Jacob Hollingsworth

Philadelphia Nov.1 6. 1792.


You were so kind as to undertake to engage a particular person to overlook a farm for me in Virginia. Having heard nothing from you on the subject, and being anxious to know whether you have succeeded I take the liberty of asking you to drop me a line of information. I am with much esteem Sir your most obedt servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Hollingsworth”; with date corrected by TJ (see note 1 below). Recorded in SJL as written 6 Nov. 1792.

Jacob Hollingsworth (1742–1803), a half brother of the Maryland legislator Henry Hollingsworth, and the brother of the Philadelphia merchant Levi Hollingsworth, was an innkeeper at Elkton, Maryland (Edward C. Papenfuse and others, A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789, 2 vols. [Baltimore and London, 1979–85], i, 447–8; Washington, Diaries, description begins Donald Jackson and others, eds., The Diaries of George Washington, Charlottesville, 1976–79, 6 vols. description ends v, 154, 155n, vi, 237; G. Harlan Wells, “The British Campaign of 1777 in Maryland Prior to the Battle of the Brandywine,” Maryland Historical Magazine, xxxiii [1938], 10). TJ stopped at Hollingsworth’s tavern on 14 July 1792 on his way home to Monticello and probably again on 4 Oct. 1792 on his return to Philadelphia (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, forthcoming as part of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 14 July and 4 Oct. 1792).

1Word later added by TJ above “Oct.”

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