Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David A. Ogden, on or before 25 June 1803

From David A. Ogden

[on or before 25 June 1803]

Sir Thomas Jefferson

You are a Clever Fellow.


If you send an answer direct it to David A. Ogden No. 33 Broad Street New York

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 141:24486–7); undated; addressed: “Sir Tom Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as an anonymous letter “signed D. A. O.” received 25 June 1803 and “nothing” and so recorded in SJL.

David A. Ogden (1770–1829), a native of New Jersey, became active in New York government as a lawyer and professional associate of Alexander Hamilton, a judge in the court of common pleas, and a member of the state assembly. He was implicated in endorsing Aaron Burr among the New York congressional delegation in the election of 1800. Ogden served as a one-term Federalist representative from New York to the Fifteenth Congress and as a commissioner to settle the boundary dispute between the United States and Canada. The New York city directories for 1802, 1803, and 1804, listed him as a “counsellor at law” residing at 33 Broad Street (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City-Directory, for the Twenty Seventh Year of American Independence [New York, 1802], 283; Kline, Burr description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, Princeton, 1983, 2 vols. description ends , 1:487–90).

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