Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Rush, 4 May 1790

From Benjamin Rush

Philada May 4th 1790

Dear Sir

The bearer Mr. Tench Coxe who has been called upon to share in the toils of our new Goverment, has solicited the honor of an introduction to you. He has acquired great reputation and many friends by his singular zeal, and industry in promoting the Adoption of the federal Goverment. His valuable publications discover genius, taste and extensive information. The two inclosed essays in the newspapers have been ascribed to him. They contain many facts highly interested to Europeans.

The letter to a gentleman in Great Britain has been ascribed to Dr sir your most humble Servt:,

Benjn: Rush

RC (DLC); endorsed as received 8 May 1790 and so recorded in SJL. The enclosures have not been identified.

Enclosures not identified. They may have been Coxe’s letter to the Virginia Commissioners, Annapolis, 13 Sep. 1786, and “Notes on the State of Pennsylvania” by A Citizen of Pennsylvania, both of which appeared in newspapers and were reprinted in the June, 1790, issue of American Museum, ii, 293–4, 294–300, the latter having the following note from the publisher: “The above valuable paper is ascribed to Tench Coxe, esq.” Coxe’s appointment as assistant secretary of the treasury to succeed William Duer was announced in (N.Y.) Daily Advertiser and Gazette of the United States, 12 May 1790.

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