Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George G. Minon, 11 March 1819

Baltimore March 11th 1819

My Dear Sir

after my asking ten thousand pardons of you for the liberty I have—taken to inform you of my situation at this time which is I have been unfortunate and have lost all that I had to make a support for my self and family which is a wife and fore small children and I am about seven or eigh hundre miles from them and have not the meanes to return I have maid a trip from New orleans to this place which was the cause of my looseing my all from the present to in able me to make a support for my family and it is for thare sakes that I make my case known to you knowing you to be a friend to humanety and that if any person would state to you there Distreses that you are all ways ready to releave them with a free good will I Hope you will for give me for my intrusion on you I want you to let me have the lone of five thousand Dollars for one year and that will in able me to commence business again so as to make some thing to support my family and pay you your money in Dew time if you Can and will let me have the five thousand Dollars I Can get ten or twelve thousand Dollars worth of goods heare which will give me a fare start again your granting me the favor I have asked of you will afford as much releafe to the human famile as any thing of the kind Ever Did in the world if you grant my request it will make me feel proud to acknowledge to so good and grate a man as your self has saved me and min from misrey and Disstress I have long had this apeale imprest on my mind it is a novle mode of Doing business but there are many strange things happens through the corse of this life and nothing that ever took place provided you Comply with my request that gave more releafe to your fellow men than it will therefore I hope it will please you to comply and for give me for my intrution what I have Stated is true and what I here promised I will comply with upon the word and honnor of a man I have apl to you for releafe and Shall remain in hopes of obtaing it untill I heare from you which I hope will bee in a short time I am an american bred born and brought up and live in Kentucky when at home in warren County Bowlin-Gree I hope this thing will go no farther than ourselves I beg for murce sake that you will comply with my request of you and I beg for giveness for troubling of you in this uncuth maner but Nesisity has Compled me to the measure there fore I hope it will bee forgiven my parrence is poor and are not able to assist me and there four I have Cald on you for a frend and father knowing you to have a heart fild with benevolanc and frend ship for mankind at large

I have the honnor To assigen my self your most obedient Frend

George G Minon

NB I shall remain in Baltimore For   some time yet so that any thing that you may think proper to Do for me you will please to Direct to this place

I am with Dear r[. . .] your most sincere Frend

George G Minon

MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).

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