Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Smith, 21 October 1801

From Samuel Smith

Baltimore 21. Octr. 1801


The Inclosed was sent to me by a Person now in Jail for Debt, He claims being introduced to me by Mr. Claiborne—I have no Recollections of that circumstance—nor have I any Knowledge of him or his character—He wishes me to release him from his present Confinement, but from his own Story I cannot See that he merits any Attention, if he has any claim on the Publick, his Father would Certainly not refuse him the small sum 75 Dolls. for which he is Confined—I take the Liberty to give this Information—he writes me that his Recommendations are from Mr. Wythe & Mr. Munroe, which ought certainly to have great Weight. Accept the Assurance of my most perfect Respect

S. Smith

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 22 Oct. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Samuel Quarrier to TJ, 19 Oct. 1801, not found, recorded in SJL as received from Baltimore on 22 Oct.

For the very brief note written by George Wythe on 4 July on Samuel Quarrier’s behalf, see TJ to Henry Dearborn, 14 Aug. 1801.

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