Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Marshall, 29 October 1803

From William Marshall

Christ Church Parish, So. Carolina
Octr. 29th. 1803.


I do myself the honor of presenting you, with an accurate Chart of the Coast of West Florida and Louisiana, including a survey and soundings of the Mississippi river, extending, considerably above New Orleans. It was sent to me, a few days ago, by a gentleman who married the widow of Mr. Gauld, by whom the Chart, was made. I hasten to send It to you, as, If there be none such in possession of the administration It may be of some service, to the navigation of The new world, wh. you have lately obtained for us;—and tend to appreciate, the advantages of an acquisition, in every View so immensely valuable to the United States. Wishing, that It may prove in any respect, beneficial to the Governmt. and acceptable to you, I remain,

With the Highest resp Yr. most Obdt. St.

W. Marshall

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of The United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Nov. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: probably George Gauld’s Accurate Chart of the Coast of West Florida, and the Coast of Louisiana (see William C. C. Claiborne to TJ, 24 Aug. 1803).

Charleston attorney William Marshall (ca. 1770-1805) served in the South Carolina legislature for most of the 1790s before being elected a chancellor of the state court of equity in 1799. He also owned a plantation in Christ Church Parish (S.C. Biographical Directory, Senate, 2:1060; Vol. 37:574n).

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