Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Alexander J. Dallas, 11 July 1793

From Alexander J. Dallas

Sec: Office, Philad. 11. July 1793.


The Governor being absent upon Public business, I take the liberty of inclosing for your information a representation, made by the Father and Master of an Apprentice boy, named George Allison, who, it seems, has entered on board the Little Democrat (formerly the Little Sarah) a French armed vessel. I am, with great respect & esteem, Sir, Yr. most obed Serv

A. J. Dallas
Secy of the Com. of Pennsa

Dft (PHarH: Executive Correspondence); at foot of text: “To Thos. Jefferson Esqr. Secretary of State.” FC (same, Secretary’s Letterbooks). Mistakenly recorded in SJL as received 10 July 1793. Enclosure not found.

Alexander James Dallas (1759–1817), who immigrated to Philadelphia from Jamaica in 1783 and became a lawyer, was Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1791 to 1801. This staunch Republican played a key role in welcoming Edmond Charles Genet to Philadelphia in May, helped to organize the Democratic Society of Pennsylvania in the weeks following, and earlier in July acted as a gubernatorial emissary to the French minister in the affair of the Little Sarah. Appointed United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by TJ in 1801, Dallas held this office until 1814 and then served as Secretary of the Treasury under Madison until 1816 (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; note to Cabinet Opinions on the Little Sarah, 8 July 1793).

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