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Thomas Jefferson to John B. Colvin, 4 April 1809

To John B. Colvin

Monticello Apr. 4. 09.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr. Colvin and having recieved but two of his Monitors since left Washington on the 11th of Mar. he ascribes it to his having failed to give mr Colvin his address which is at Monticello near Milton. the post for Milton leaves Washington on1 Mondays in the afternoon.

PoC (DLC); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ.

John B. Colvin (ca. 1778–1826), newspaper editor and Republican supporter, edited the Baltimore Daily Advertiser (1800–01) before establishing the Republican Advocate in Frederick, Maryland (1802–06). In Washington he published Colvin’s Weekly Register (1808), succeeded by the Monitor, which folded in August 1809 due to lack of subscriptions. Thereafter Colvin worked as a clerk at the State Department (Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 1:103, 265; Washington National Intelligencer, 4 Aug. 1809, 6 Apr. 1826).

TJ had subscribed to Colvin’s Frederick and Washington newspapers (Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 3359; 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 , 2:1123, 1191, 1215, 1238).

1TJ here deleted “Tuesdays.”

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