Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Carey, 6 January 1793

To James Carey

Philadelphia Jan. 6. 1793.


I will beg the favor of you to furnish the office of the Secretary of state with your paper, sending it by post sealed up, and addressed to the Secretary of state, not mentioning the name as that might produce confusion in the accounts of the office and the man. Be so good as to let me know the price, time of payment &c and it will be duly attended to by Mr. George Taylor, chief clerk of the office. If you can send the papers from the 1st. day of January, our year may as well begin then. I am Sir Your very humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Carey. printer Richmond.” Tr (DLC); 19th-century copy.

James Carey (d. ca. 1801), younger brother of Mathew Carey, had begun publication of the Virginia Gazette: and Richmond Daily Advertiser on 1 Oct. 1792. Shortly thereafter the paper became a triweekly, ceasing publication early in 1793. In March of that year Carey removed to Charleston, South Carolina, where he established another short-lived newspaper. In the next seven years Carey started six other papers, in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Pennsylvania, none surviving longer than two years. A radical Jeffersonian, by 1797 he had settled in Philadelphia where, in the last years of his life, he published successively the Daily Advertiser, Carey’s United States’ Recorder, and the Constitutional Diary (Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , ii, 1149, 1388; PMHB description begins Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1877– description ends , xciv [1970], 333n, 334; Bulletin of the New York Public Library, liii [1949], 340).

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