Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas B. Robertson to Thomas Jefferson, 30 April 1810

From Thomas B. Robertson

New Orleans 30 April 1810


An opportunity presenting itself I send to Mr George Jefferson to be by him transmitted to you a plan of the City of New Orleans and other conspicuous places within the Island Be pleased to accept it as a small testimonial of the Sincere respect & high consideration with which I am

yo. ob. St

Th. B. Robertson

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 June 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found. Enclosed in George Jefferson to TJ, 11 June 1810.

Thomas Bolling Robertson (ca. 1779–1828) attended the College of William and Mary and practiced law in Petersburg before moving to Orleans Territory in 1807, TJ having appointed him territorial secretary. At times during the next five years he also served as a federal land commissioner and territorial attorney general. When Louisiana became a state in 1812, Robertson was elected its first representative to the United States House of Representatives, a position he held until 1818. He was governor, 1820–24, and federal judge for the eastern district of Louisiana, 1824–28. Robertson quarreled regularly with territorial governor William C. C. Claiborne and his own governorship was tumultuous. In 1819 he enriched the material culture of Monticello by sending TJ a long-desired campeachy chair (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; 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 , 9:761, 781, 797, 962–3; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:57, 59 [9, 12 Nov. 1807]; Stein, Worlds description begins Susan R. Stein, The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, 1993 description ends , 280; Richmond Enquirer, 14 Oct. 1828).

Index Entries

  • campeachy chairs search
  • furniture; campeachy chairs search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and maps acquired by TJ search
  • Jefferson, George (TJ’s cousin); and map of New Orleans for TJ search
  • maps; of New Orleans search
  • New Orleans; maps of search
  • Robertson, Thomas Bolling; identified search
  • Robertson, Thomas Bolling; letters from search
  • Robertson, Thomas Bolling; sends map of New Orleans to TJ search