Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Christoph Süverman to Thomas Jefferson, 8 August 1810

From John Christoph Süverman

City of Washington 8th Augt 1810.


In my last, I informed you particulars of the death of Mr Pirney, and the uncomfortable situation we were in, on account of the Debt due to us; which with a few others bare exceeding hard upon us. since that, I have found his Account for his services in attending Govr Lewis; a Copy of which I thought it proper to forward you. our situation at present is so pressing that anything you can possibly do for us, will always be gratefully and thankfully Acknowledged by

Sir, Respectfully Your Obedt h’ble Servt

John Christoph Süverman

RC (MHi); in an unidentified hand, signed by Süverman; at foot of text: “T’O’,” i.e., “turn over,” with enclosure on third page of sheet folded to form four pages; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Montocello Virginia”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Aug. 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Account of John Pernier with Meriwether Lewis (conjoined with covering letter and also forming part of Pernier to TJ, 10 Feb. 1810). Enclosed in TJ to William D. Meriwether, 21 Aug. 1810.

Index Entries

  • Lewis, Meriwether; J. Pernier’s claim against estate of search
  • Pernier (Purney), John; account with M. Lewis search
  • Süverman, John Christoph; and J. Pernier search
  • Süverman, John Christoph; letters from search