Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Falkener, 4 March 1801

From William Falkener

Warrenton No. Cara. March 4th 1801


As Secretary to the Committee, appointed by the Inhabitants of Warren County, to prepare an Address to the President of the United States, I have the Honour to forward the enclosed—

Accept my Sincere Wishes for your personal Happiness and beleive me to be

With great Respect Your mot. obt. Servt.

W. A. K. Falkener,

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 16 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.


William Falkener (d. 1819) came to the United States from London sometime after 1790 and settled in Warrenton, where he established a school for girls (North Carolina Historical Review, 12 [1935], 268). On 4 Mch. the citizens of Warren fired 16 platoons of small arms, gathered at noon for mutual congratulations, and sat down for a substantial dinner at McKeen’s tavern. Falkener delivered a congratulatory address to the President of the United States from the inhabitants of Warren County (see below). The address was followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Sixteen official toasts and another firing of 16 platoons concluded the day’s celebration, which was succeeded by a ball two days later (Raleigh Register and North-Carolina State Gazette, 10 Mch. 1801).

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