Thomas Jefferson Papers

William G. D. Worthington to Thomas Jefferson, 4 [February?] 1810

From William G. D. Worthington

City of Baltimore Jany1 [Feb.?] 4th 1810


I presume to offer to your perusal a Speech—in which I have spoken of the late President of the U.S—with my sincerest and warmest feelings—

I regret it is not in my power to present you with something more worthy of your attention—But I trust—that if it should not please, yet it will not offend you—

Be pleased to accept the best wishes for your health and happiness of

W. G. D. Worthington

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); probably misdated; addressed (torn): “[Thomas Jefferson] [. . .] Monticello Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Feb. 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Speech of W. G. D. Worthington, Esq. a Member of the General Assembly of Maryland … on Brent’s Resolutions, approbatory of the Measures of the Late and Present Administration of the Government of the U. S. (Baltimore, 1810; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3394).

William Grafton Dulany Worthington (1785–1856), lawyer, represented the city of Baltimore in the Maryland House of Delegates, 1809–10 and 1823–24, and he held a seat in the state senate, 1814–15. He was a Treasury Department clerk in 1816, a founder and the first recorder of the American Colonization Society, 1816–17, and a special agent of the State Department charged with promoting better commercial relations with Argentina, Chile, and Peru, 1817–19, and secretary and acting territorial governor of East Florida, 1821–22. Worthington returned to Maryland in the latter year and declined appointments as marshal of the Superior Court of East Florida in April 1822 and commissioner of land titles there two years later. During his second term in the Maryland House of Delegates, he strongly supported a bill to grant legal equality to Maryland’s small Jewish population (Papenfuse, Maryland Public Officials description begins Edward C. Papenfuse and others, eds., An Historical List of Public Officials of Maryland, 1990– , 1 vol. description ends , 1:43, 143, 144; Henry Noble Sherwood, “The Formation of the American Colonization Society,” Journal of Negro History 2 [1917]: 227–8n; Terr. Papers description begins Clarence E. Carter and John Porter Bloom, eds., The Territorial Papers of the United States, 1934–75, 28 vols. description ends , 22:35, 44–5, 55–6, 104, 486, 506, 958; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 3:295, 302, 388 [17 Apr., 3 May 1822, 26 May 1824]; Isaac M. Fein, The Making of An American Jewish Community: The History of Baltimore Jewry from 1773 to 1920 [1971], 31–4, 268).

1Above this word TJ wrote “Feb.,” and he similarly conjectured February as the correct month in his endorsement and SJL.

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