Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Helmbold, 18 November 1802

From George Helmbold

Philadelphia, Novr 18. 1802

Honored Sir,

I hope you will not deem me impertinent for addressing myself to you without your having any previous knowledge of me.

I am the same person that published a full length portrait of you. By printing a german paper in this city for near three years, and by the vile conduct of an agent I sent to Virginia, North Carolina &c. to sell prints for me I am reduced to the disagreeable necessity of asking a loan of one hundred and fifty dollars of you, which I pledge my sacred honor to repay in three months from the time I receive it.

I am about erecting a printing office in Lancaster, with an expectation of obtaining a part of the public work the profits of which will enable me to discharge my obligation to you.—

I have tried several honorable expedients to obtain so much money, but, although I have at least three times as much due me for prints, in different places in the U.S. I cannot raise it, unless your known liberality will induce you to assist me.

I remain, With great respect, Your humble Servant,

Geo: Helmbold, Jun.

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thos. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 21 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.

For Helmbold’s full length portrait of TJ, see Vol. 33:529–30, Vol. 34:xlii.

german paper: Neue Philadelphische Correspondenz (Vol. 33:529n).

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