Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Carey, 30 June 1792

From John Carey

Pear Street June 30: 92


Encouraged by a Resolution of Congress, of May 25, 1784, allowing Mr. Gordon a free access to certain papers, now in your Office, I beg leave to request a similar indulgence, if you see no impropriety in granting it. If permitted to copy out such of those papers as no longer require Secresy, I would wish to incorporate them, in their proper places, in an abridgment of the Journals of the old Congress, which I mean to publish as soon as I shall have procured a Sufficient number of subscribers. I have the honor to be, with perfect respect, Sir, your most humble Servt.

John Carey

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); at foot of text: “The Honble. The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 July 1792 and so recorded in SJL.

John Carey (1756–1826), brother of Mathew Carey, was a native of Ireland who lived in the United States ca. 1789–93 before taking up residence in London as a writer, teacher, and classical scholar (DNB description begins Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds. Dictionary of National Biography, 2d ed., New York, 1908–09, 22 vols. description ends ). Although in 1793 he advertised a subscription for The American Remembrancer, or Proceedings of the Old Congress, this abridgment of the journals of that body was never published (see Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of all Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from … 1639 … to … 1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903–59, 14 vols. description ends No. 46708). Carey’s access to State Department records, however, provided material for his edition of the Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written, during the War between the United Colonies and Great Britain, by his Excellency, George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Forces, now President of the United States. Copied, by Special Permission, from the Original Papers preserved in the Office of the Secretary of State, Philadelphia, 2 vols. (London, 1795). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 492.

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