Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Barrell, 24 November 1787

From Joseph Barrell

Boston Nov. 24th. 1787

Mr. Barrell (in behalf of the Owners of the Adventure to the Pacific) presents his most respectfull Compliments to His Excellency Mr. Jefferson, and Requests the honor of his acceptance of a medal struck upon the Occasion.

RC (MHi).

This letter was not received until 2 Feb. 1789 when it arrived as an enclosure in Colborn Barrell to TJ, 22 Sep. 1788. Joseph Barrell was one of the fourteen adventurers and original shareholders, principally of Boston and Salem, who underwrote the adventure to the pacific—that is, the epochal voyage of the Columbia that inaugurated the Northwest fur trade as an essential element in the Canton trade. The medal struck upon the occasion was made for distribution among the natives in the course of the voyage (see S. E. Morison, Maritime History of Massachusetts, Boston, 1941, p. 46–51).

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