Thomas Jefferson Papers

Charles Christian to Thomas Jefferson, 28 March 1812

From Charles Christian

Police office, New York 28th March 1812


Influenced by a desire to ameliorate the condition of five orphan children (the family of the deceased Mr Cheetham) whose transition from affluence to want has been sudden and calamitous, I took the liberty to address you, under date of the 10th Inst, in their behalf. I now beg leave to solicit a return of the subscription1 paper as the wants of those children have become so urgent as to require an immediate application and circulation of that paper.

I have the honor Sir to remain most respectfully Your obedient and very humble servant.

Charles Christian

RC (MHi); dateline beneath signature; at head of text: “The Hon Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Apr. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “subsciption.”

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  • charity; requests to TJ for search
  • Cheetham, James; charity sought for heirs of search
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  • Christian, Charles; solicits charity for Cheetham heirs search