Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas T. Tucker to Thomas Jefferson, 25 April 1815

From Thomas T. Tucker

treasury of the united states, Washington, April 25th 1815


ENCLOSED you will find my draft No. 280, on Thos Nelson, Cr of Ls—for, Dollars, 8.580—the amount of warrant No. 95—issued by the Secretary of the Treasuryon receipt whereof be pleased to favor me with an early acknowledgment, specifying the sum received, in Treasury Notes—

With great respect,1 I am, Sir, Your obedient servant,
Th: T. Tucker
Treasurer of the United States.

RC (DLC); printed form, with blanks filled in by a United States Treasury Department clerk, signed by Tucker; handwritten material presented above in italics; at foot of text in a clerk’s hand: “Thomas Jefferson Esq”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 Apr. 1815. Enclosure: draft no. 280 on United States Treasury, Washington, 25 Apr. 1815, ordering that, pursuant to Treasury warrant no. 95, Nelson, commissioner of loans in Richmond, should “AT sight pay to Thomas Jefferson Esq—Monticello—or order, Eight thousand five hundred & eighty—Dollars, IN TREASURY NOTES, value received” (MS in DNA: RG 217, MTA; printed form, with blanks filled in by a Treasury clerk, signed by Tucker; handwritten material presented in italics; endorsement on verso, mutiliated at seal, in James Ligon’s hand except for signature by TJ: “Pay to Ja[mes Li]gon or order Th: Jefferson [Re]ceived payment 6 May 1815 James Ligon”).

Thomas Tudor Tucker (1745–1828), physician and public official, was born and raised in Bermuda. He received a medical degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1770, and by 1771 he was practicing medicine in Charleston, South Carolina. Tucker served as a hospital physician and surgeon in the Continental army. In 1789 he helped found the South Carolina Medical Society. By 1799 Tucker owned thirty-one slaves and almost eight thousand acres of land in the Camden, Charleston, and Ninety-Six districts. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1782 and 1785–87, represented his state in the Confederation Congress, 1787–88, and was a strongly Republican supporter of states’ rights in the United States House of Representatives, 1789–93. TJ appointed him United States treasurer in 1801, and Tucker held the position until his death (BDSCHR, description begins Walter B. Edgar and others, eds., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1974– , 5 vols. description ends 3:725–6; First Federal Congress, 14:857–63; Heitman, Continental Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783, rev. ed., 1914 description ends , 550; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 37 vols. description ends , 35:530–1, 606; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 1:400, 405 [6, 26 Jan. 1802]; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 3 May 1828).

1Preceding two words interlined by Tucker in place of the printed words “due consideration.”

Index Entries

  • Dallas, Alexander James; as secretary of the treasury search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; United States Treasury Draft to Thomas Jefferson search
  • Library of Congress; payment for TJ’s library search
  • Ligon, James; as clerk for Gibson & Jefferson search
  • Nelson, Thomas; as loan commissioner search
  • Richmond, Va.; loan commissioner at search
  • Treasury Department, U.S.; treasurer of U.S. search
  • Treasury Department, U.S.; treasury notes search
  • Tucker, Thomas Tudor; identified search
  • Tucker, Thomas Tudor; lettter from search
  • Tucker, Thomas Tudor; pays TJ for his library search