Thomas Jefferson Papers

Greenberry Dorsey to Thomas Jefferson, 13 December 1814

From Greenberry Dorsey

Grenville Va Decemr 13th 1814


Previous to my departure from new orleans, I contemplated having the Honor of visiting you personally, but in Consequence of the excessive bad state of the Roads, and my business requiring1 my attention in Balto as early as possible, I have been obliged to pass by winchester—I have therefore taken the liberty of enclosing the letter Governor2 Claiborne was good enough to give me, presuming it may Contain something interesting to you respecting the situation of the State of Louisiana.

Permit me Sir to present to you through3 this channel the respects of Benj Morgan Esq, and Joseph Saul Esqr, the former of whom was also so obliging as to give a letter to you, and believe me

to be sir, your very ob hul Sert

Gr Dorsey

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Charlottsville”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Dec. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: William C. C. Claiborne to TJ, 21 Oct. 1814.

Greenberry Dorsey (ca. 1787–1869), merchant and public official, was a native of Baltimore who moved permanently to New Orleans in about 1812. He served as a director of the Bank of Louisiana and of the local branch of the Bank of the United States, a War Department pension agent, and a federal receiver of public monies. President John Tyler nominated him in 1844 as a federal customs collector, but the Senate rejected this appointment. In 1850 Dorsey owned real estate valued at $800. He died of pneumonia (Dorsey et al. v. Olive Sternenberg & Company et al., Court of Civil Appeals of Texas, 11 Apr. 1906, The Southwestern Reporter, 1st ser. [1886–1928], 94:413–4; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 6:191–2, 231, 249 [3 Mar. 1843, 6 Feb., 21 Mar. 1844]; Register of all Officers and Agents, civil, military, and naval, in the Service of the United States, on the thirtieth September, 1847 [1847], 139; DNA: RG 29, CS, La., New Orleans, 1850–60, 1870 mortality schedules; New-Orleans Times, 12 Nov. 1866).

Greenville (grenville) is in Augusta County. The letter to TJ from Benjamin morgan, not recorded in SJL and not found, was presumably another introduction of Dorsey that the latter retained.

1Manuscript: “requing.”

2Manuscript: “Govenor.”

3Manuscript: “though.”

Index Entries

  • Claiborne, William Charles Coles; introduces G. Dorsey search
  • Dorsey, Greenberry; identified search
  • Dorsey, Greenberry; introduced to TJ search
  • Dorsey, Greenberry; letter from search
  • Dorsey, Greenberry; unable to visit TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Morgan, Benjamin; letter from accounted for search
  • roads; poor condition of search
  • Saul, Joseph; sends greetings to TJ search