Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Tobias Lear, 6 March 1793

From Tobias Lear

Wednesday 6th March 1793

The President requests that the Secretary of State will consider the enclosed letter, written in behalf of the French settlers at Gallipolis, and return an answer to the writer as favourable as circumstances can warrant.

The President wishes Govr. Paterson’s commission to be made out and sent to him by the Post of this day, that he may be making his arrangements to go the Circuit allotted him. The President intends to ride out about 10 oclock, if he can conveniently—and therefore would wish to sign the Commission before he goes.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 6 Mch. 1793.

The enclosed letter from John Rome to Washington of 6 Mch. 1793 sought legislative relief for the french settlers at gallipolis—who had immigrated to the Ohio territory in 1790 after purchasing land from the Scioto Company headed by William Duer—either in the form of confirmation of their land titles or compensation for damages they sustained after the Company’s collapse and Duer’s bankruptcy during the panic of 1792 left them holding invalid titles (Terr. Papers description begins Clarence E. Carter and John Porter Bloom, eds., The Territorial Papers of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1934–, 28 vols. description ends , ii, 442–3). Rome subsequently communicated with the Attorney General, to whom the matter was referred by the Senate, and TJ evidently did not return an answer to him. Congress provided some relief in March 1795 with a grant of 24,000 acres in southern Ohio to certain of the settlers (same, 450–1, 462–70; Shaw Livermore, Early American Land Companies: Their Influence on Corporate Development [New York, 1939], 138–46; Theodore T. Belote, The Scioto Speculation and the French Settlement at Gallipolis: A Study in Ohio Valley History, University of Cincinnati Studies, 2d ser., iii [Cincinnati, 1907], 57–9).

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