Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Adam? Hunter, 19 November 1792

To Adam? Hunter

Philadelphia Nov. 19. 1792.


Among other matters which Mr. Mazzei has desired me to wind up for him is the applying to you for a gun which he says your brother undertook to have mounted for him, but which was not done before he went away. If you will be so good as to deposit it with Mr. Joseph Jones of Fredericksburg, I hope he will be so good as to recieve it, and I shall find means of applying for it. Mr. Mazzei mentions that Mr. Hunter had offered him the mounting as a compliment; however if otherwise I shall be ready to answer any demand for him on that account. I am Sir your most obedt. humble servt

Th: Jefferson

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

The addressee was probably Adam Hunter, whose brother James Hunter, the proprietor of the Rappahannock Forge near Falmouth, Virginia, and his business associate in the firm of James and Adam Hunter, had been an arms manufacturer during the Revolution. James died in 1785, leaving half of his estate to Adam (R. Walter Coakley, “The Two James Hunters of Fredricksburg: Patriots Among the Virginia Scotch Merchants,” VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893- description ends , lvi [1948], 20; and Jackson Turner Main, “The One Hundred,” WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 3d ser., xi [1954], 377; see also Philip Mazzei to TJ, 23 May 1792).

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