James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas O’Connor, 11 June 1819

From Thomas O’Connor

New York, June 11 1819.


I take the liberty to solicit your support to the “Globe,” a periodical work, of which I am the editor.1

Six numbers (one each month) will make a volume of 384 pages octavo. Four numbers are ready for delivery, the fifth is in the printer’s hands. The price $3 per volume. Respectfully, I am, Sir, your very Obedt Servt

Thos OConnor2

RC (DLC). Addressed by O’Connor to JM “Late President of the United States Montpelier Virginia,” and franked. Marked “Milton Va 18 June.” Cover docketed by JM.

1The first and only volume of The Globe was published in New York in 1819.

2Thomas O’Connor (1770–1852) was a writer, and from 1814–17, co-editor of the weekly New York Shamrock, a continuation of the first Irish American newspaper, Shamrock; or, Hibernian Chronicle. As a member of the United Irishmen, he and his family were forced to leave Ireland in 1801 in the wake of the 1798 uprising there. O’Connor was a leading member of the Irish community in New York, was active in politics as a supporter of DeWitt Clinton, and was one of the founders of the Shamrock Friendly Association and of the Friends of Ireland, as well as a prominent member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He also wrote An Impartial and Correct History of the War between the United States, and Great Britain;… (New York, 1815; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 35520) (Luke Gibbons, “Republicanism and Radical Memory: The O’Conors, O’Carolan and the United Irishmen,” in Jim Smyth, ed., Revolution, Counter-revolution and Union: Ireland in the 1790s [Cambridge, England, 2000], 211–13, 221; Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1:690; Wilson, United Irishmen, United States, 91, 156, 158).

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