Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Needler Robinson, 9 September 1792

To Needler Robinson

Monticello Sep. 9. 1792.


On the 27th. of Aug. I inclosed to Mr. Baker for you a letter from Dr. Witherspoon informing me of an ultimate arrangement taken for you respecting an aid in your school. As the death of Mr. Baker may delay the communication of it to you and it is interesting to you to see it, I thought it necessary to give you the present information. I am Sir Your very humble servt.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Robinson.”

Needler Robinson (d. 1822), son of the Rev. William Robinson, Commissary of the Bishop of London in Virginia during the mid-eighteenth century, was an Episcopal clergyman and rector of Dale Parish in Chesterfield County (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893- description ends , xvii [1919], 207–8, xviii [1920], 228). In his brief note to Jerman Baker of 27 Aug. 1792, TJ had forwarded a letter from Dr. Witherspoon “which he presumes finishes Mr. Robinson’s matter. He hopes this finds Mr. Baker in perfect health and tenders his best wishes for a long continuance of it” (PrC in MHi). The letter from John Witherspoon, recorded in SJL as received 25 Aug. 1792 with no date, has not been found.

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