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John Kelly to Thomas Jefferson, 7 June 1810

From John Kelly

Charlottesville June 7. 1810.

Dear Sir,

This will Serve to introduce to your acquaintance Mr Elliott Alcocke, who is desirous of entering into the Service of the united states and wishes a recommendation to the Secretary at war. any favor that you may think proper to confer upon him of this kind, will be thankfully acknowledged by yr obt Servt

John Kelly

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 7 June 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

John Kelly (ca. 1768–1830), a native of Lancaster County, Virginia, moved to Charlottesville by 1794 and established John Kelly & Company. He became a prominent merchant and landowner there, often acted as a trustee or estate administrator, and eventually constructed a large brick home on Park Street. Kelly helped found the South Plains Presbyterian Church. TJ transacted business with him sporadically for three decades, but they were never close. Kelly was a trustee of the Albemarle Academy, but he was not named to the board of Central College, which superseded it. He may have been annoyed by this slight, for he refused to sell some of his land to Central College in 1817 (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901 description ends , 242–3; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends ; Bruce, University description begins Philip Alexander Bruce, History of the University of Virginia 1819–1919: The Lengthened Shadow of One Man, 1920–22, 5 vols. description ends , 1:118, 122, 143, 167–8; Charlottesville Virginia Advocate, 24 Sept. 1830).

A letter from Kelly to TJ of 24 Mar. 1809, not found, is recorded inconsistently in SJL as received from Charlottesville on 23 Mar. 1809.

Index Entries

  • Alcocke, Elliott search
  • Central College (Charlottesville); land and buildings owned by search
  • Eustis, William; as secretary of war search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Kelly, John; identified search
  • Kelly, John; introduces E. Alcocke search
  • Kelly, John; letters from search
  • Kelly, John; letters from accounted for search