Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Tatham, 1 November 1790

From William Tatham

1st. Novr. Richmond

Dear Sir

Colol. Monroe will afford me an Opertunity of sending a Power in the buisiness of my Map; and I allso take the liberty of sending one for Mr. Short, and one for Mr. Skipwith: leaving the Propriety of forwarding them to Your own choice.

Conscious how much the Public concerns must engage Your Attention; I wish it to be understood that I am not solicitous to intrude my private buisiness on Your Time. Nevertheless I am anxious for Your Patronage, well knowing the advantage of Your approbation in forwarding a Work of such Magnitude and Public Utility.—If Mr. Jeffersons leisure, or situation, shou’d bring a Subscription in the Way of any Gentleman who might not otherwise meet with an opertunity my intentions will be answer’d. If not, or if wholy Neglected; no offence will be taken, or appology necessary.

Govr. Randolph did me the honor to convey a Line to Colo. Monroe, requesting The loan of my Sketch of The Holston Country to refresh my Memory of those parts.

Colol. M. did not think himself Authorised to lend in Your absence. If this can be spared or anything else that can be of Service in My Work, it will be thankfully receivd, and carefully return’d. All the Authorities You mentiond are in my possession, and many More equally Valuable.

I expect a Comittee of the House will be appointed to day for the purpose of inspection, and no time or pains shall be lost on my Part to render the Whole as Minute as possible.

I have done about Ten days Work on the Scale You reccomended; This will be a saleable one, but none less than the other can be renderd truely usefull in the Great World. I have the honor to be Dr Sir Yrs.

Wm Tatham

RC (MiU-C); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Dec. 1790 and so recorded in SJL.

Tatham’s letter of 1 Nov. 1790 to the Speaker of the House of Delegates was referred that day to the committee on propositions and grievances. Henry Lee reported for the committee that Tatham’s map of the southern part of the United States had been executed “in a very neat and correct manner,” that it merited patronage, that his circular should receive attention, and that an appropriation in support of the undertaking should be made. The House agreed to the first three of these propositions but not to the last (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Oct. sess., 1828 edn., p. 29, 48–9, 148).

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