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John Graham to Thomas Jefferson, 7 August 1813

From John Graham

Washington 7th augt 1813

Dear Sir

after some difficulty I have at last found the Report from the Patent office which you want and have now the pleasure to send you a Copy of it. The President continues to gain strength His recovery will I hope be more rapid when he gets to the Mountains—I understand his Departure is fixed for Monday—

we hear but little now of the Enemy—Their vessels are moving about in the Bay in such a manner as almost to justify the belief that their only object was to excite alarm and to plunder defenceless Places Perhaps they are waiting for reenforcements from the west Indies, before they strike a blow meaning to make it a terrible one—The delay is at least so far favorable to us that we are every day gaining confidence in our ability to resist them—

with Sentiments of the Highest Respect & Esteem

I have the Honor to be, Sir Your Most Hble Sert

John Graham

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Aug. 1813 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Letter from the Secretary of State, transmitting a List of the Names of Patentees, their Places of Residence, and the Nature of their Inventions or Improvements, agreeably to a Resolution of the House of Representatives of the United States of The Seventh Ultimo (Washington, 1811; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 6 [no. 224]; reprinted in List of Patents description begins A List of Patents granted by the United States from April 10, 1790, to December 31, 1836, 1872 description ends , 49–103).

On 3 Sept. 1813 the Washington Federal Republican, and Commercial Gazette reported that British naval vessels (the enemy) had been “sailing up and down the Bay, without any determinate object,” and that the frigate Success had recently arrived “from England via the West Indies, full of troops.”

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  • Chesapeake Bay; British reinforcements sent to search
  • Graham, John; letters from search
  • Graham, John; State Department clerk search
  • Great Britain; navy of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Letter from the Secretary of State, transmitting a List of the Names of Patentees, their Places of Residence, and the Nature of their Inventions or Improvements search
  • Madison, James; illness of search
  • Patent Office, U.S.; reports of search
  • patents; lists of search
  • Success, HMS (frigate) search