Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Wythe, 22 February 1800

From George Wythe

22 of february, 1800.

G. Wythe to T. Jefferson.

George Keith Taylor sent to me a letter written to him by Caleb Lownes, in which that benevolent man consenteth to superintend our hospital for reception and amendment of sinners formerly doomed to the gibbet. i was desired to hand the letter to the governor, which hath been done, and to do what is mentioned in the subjoined extract from his letter to me: ‘will you be so good as to write to m’ Jefferson, with whom i have no personal acquaintance, stating the circumstances of this business, and to request him, if he should be applied to by the executive, to assist general Marshall in bringing the treaty with m’ Lownes to a proper issue?’ to which is added: ‘mr Jefferson, i am convinced, will feel pleasure in affording every aid in his power.’ farewell, my best friend.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received “Mch.” and recorded in SJL under 3 Mch.


George Keith Taylor forwarded to Governor James Monroe on 18 Feb. a request from Caleb Lownes who asked to be considered for the post of superintendent of the penitentiary in Richmond (Vi-Ar: Executive Papers). On 19 Mch. Monroe acknowledged receipt of Taylor’s letter, but on 18 Apr. wrote again to explain that although he had brought Lownes’s name to the attention of the Council of State, they had chosen Martin Mims for the post (same: Executive Letterbook; Edward A. Wyatt IV, “George Keith Taylor, 1769–1815, Virginia Federalist and Humanitarian,” WMQ, description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends 2d ser., 16 [1936], 1–18; Vol. 29:310n, 489n).

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