Thomas Jefferson Papers

Gilbert J. Hunt to Thomas Jefferson, 30 January 1816

From Gilbert J. Hunt

New York Jany 30 1816

Respected Sir,

The honor of your signature to the enclosed paper will confer a particular obligation on the author.

The hope of this favor being granted would not have been indulged, nor this trouble intruded upon one in your dignified retirement, but for the liberality which is known to dwell in the bosoms of the friends and Supporters of Columbian Liberty.

Your most obt St.

G. J. Hunt

N.B. A return of the enclosed will be attended with my thanks, & you have my best wishes for your health & happiness.—

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Feb. 1816 and so recorded in SJL; with additional notation by TJ on verso:

“ 1½ D.
  1. Oram
 12½ Watson

RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Robert Ould, 2 Mar. 1816, on verso; addressed: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson Late President of the U. States Monticello State of Virginia”; franked; postmarked New York, 30 Jan.

Gilbert John Hunt, manufacturer and author, was making blank cards, calling cards, and playing cards in New York City by 1808. He supplemented his card business by making sandpaper, and in 1818 he advertised his American Vermillion Manufactory. In 1816 Hunt published The History of the Late War between the United States and Great Britain. Written in the ancient historical style (New York, 1816; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 144]), several variant editions of which, including a textbook, appeared from 1816–19. He also wrote poetry and issued a prospectus for a work in that genre. Hunt operated his New York shop until at least 1821 (Longworth’s New York Directory description begins Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, New York, 1796–1842 (title varies; cited by year of publication) description ends [1808]: 182; [1819]: 12, 213 [misprinted as 113]; [1821]: 236; New-York Evening Post, 23 Mar. 1812; New York Columbian, 16 June 1812; New York Commercial Advertiser, 4 Mar. 1813; New York Mercantile Advertiser, 1 Aug. 1818; Proposal for Publishing by Subscription, the Poetical Works of Gilbert John Hunt [undated prospectus in DLC: Printed Ephemera Collection]; DNA: RG 29, CS, N.Y., New York, 1820).

The enclosed paper, not found, was a prospectus for Hunt’s History of the Late War.

For the payments described by TJ on the letter’s verso, see TJ to Hunt, to James Oram, and to John F. Watson, all 29 Feb. 1816.

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