Thomas Jefferson Papers

Samuel M. Burnside to Thomas Jefferson, 22 August 1814

From Samuel M. Burnside

Worcester, August 22. 1814.


I have received your favor of the 8th inst. enclosed in a very valuable Manuscript, relating to the first Settlement of New England by our venerable Ancestors.—On behalf of the A. A. Society, permit me, Sir, to tender You their thanks for this communication.—The Gentleman, from whom you received it, Mr. Wm. Burnet Brown, did remove, as You suppose, from this Commonwealth and was a native of Salem.—He was of a very respectable family, but not descended, I believe, from Gov. Burnet, who left no children, as I am told.—His mother, however, was an adopted daughter of Gov. Burnet.—

I beg leave to assure You, Sir, that independently of any aid, which you may afford in advancing the useful and interesting objects of the Institution, of which You consent to become a member, your acceptance is very grateful.—The mere name, the friendly wishes, and weight of personal character of him, who has sustained a rank so elevated in the literary and political world, cannot fail to be highly useful to any Society.—

With much respect, I am, Sir, Your Obedt Servt

S M Burnside

P.S.—It is usual with me to reply to all letters enclosing communications or presents for the Society, in order to remove all anxiety from the benevolent donors respecting the [receipt?] of their letters.


RC (DLC); torn at seal; addressed: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson. L.L.D. Monticello.—Virginia”; franked; postmarked Worcester, 23 Aug.; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Sept. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

William burnet was the royal governor of New York and New Jersey, 1720–28, and of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, 1728–29. He had three children with his second wife. William Burnet Brown was the son of Governor Burnet’s daughter Mary (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; William Nelson, William Burnet Governor of New-York and New Jersey 1720–1728: A Sketch Of His Administration In New-York [1892], 175).

Index Entries

  • American Antiquarian Society; S. Burnside as recording secretary of search
  • American Antiquarian Society; TJ elected a member search
  • American Antiquarian Society; TJ sends historical manuscript to search
  • Brown, William Burnet; family of search
  • Brown, William Burnet; gives historical manuscript to TJ search
  • Burnet, William; family of search
  • Burnet, William; royal governor search
  • Burnside, Samuel McGregore; as recording secretary of American Antiquarian Society search
  • Burnside, Samuel McGregore; letters from search
  • history; TJ donates historical manuscripts search
  • Indians; historical manuscript concerning search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; sends manuscripts search
  • Massachusetts; governor of search
  • Massachusetts; historical manuscript concerning search