Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Francis Whittenberg, 31 March 1825

New york March 31st 1825


With your leave, please to permit me to inform you, that I have seen a letter from you to Mr. Fürst, in which you have been pleased to Comunicate to him, that he came to this Country without any Engagement by Mr. Appleton at Leghorn, & on his own views only, for seeking Employment, as an Engraver.

Honble Sir, that he need it not, for, he had Sufficient work there, without crossing the Atlantic, I think it my duty to inform you, that Mr. Appleton not only Engaged Mr. Fürst in my presence with a sallary of two Thousend Dollars Per. Annum. besids extra work from Government, but also, previous to that promised several times that I myself would make my fortune in the United States of America if I could persuade Mr. Fürst to Accept such Engagement, and that he would give Mr. Fürst Letters, one on the President of the U.S. and one, on a Member of Congress, who was the Honble G. S. Mumphord of New york, for the purpose to insure his protection of the Engagement, & I recieved the two Letters for Mr. Fürst, from Mr. Appleton, in the presence of Capt Edwards of the Brig Neptune, who broaght us to the U. States—.

I am very Respectfully Your obedt. Servant

Francis Whittenberg

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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