Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Pinckney, 6 April 1793

From Thomas Pinckney

London 6th. April 1793.

Dear Sir

I inclose the Copy of a Letter from Mr. Holloway an Engraver here who by the Enquiries I have made would answer very well as Engraver to our Mint. He would be satisfied with the Salary annexed to that Office, but wishes to have some Engagement that a Provision will be made him for life in case old Age or Infirmity should incapacitate him from continuing the Duties of his Office. He has a Brother also whom he wishes to carry with him to America every way qualified according to his account for any Office in the Bank, having been employed many Years in the Bank of England; if a Person is wanted for our Bank well acquainted with the mode of transacting Business here I will make the necessary Enquiries concerning him and if judged expedient endeavour to engage him for our Establishment. I have the honor to be with great respect Dear Sir Your most obedient and most humble Servant

Thomas Pinckney

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); in the hand of William A. Deas, with complimentary close and signature by Pinckney; at foot of first page: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 June 1793 and so recorded in SJL. PrC (ScHi: Pinckney Family Papers). Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DD). Enclosure: Thomas Holloway to Pinckney, Newington Green near Islington, 2 Apr. 1793, setting forth his qualifications for the position of engraver to the United States Mint and the conditions under which he was willing to serve in this capacity, the most important being a pension in case of infirmity, and describing the talents of his brother in the banking business (Tr in same; Tr in Lb in same).

For the rejection of Holloway’s application, see TJ to George Washington, and Washington to TJ, both 4 June 1793.

This day Pinckney also wrote a brief letter to TJ enclosing a “Copy of a Letter sent by various Conveyances” and introducing the bearer of it, “Captn. Beaulieu who served long in our Army,” and whose “Services and Sufferings in our Cause engage me to give him this Introduction to you and I doubt not you will promote his Establishment among us by your Advice and Countenance” (RC in DNA: RG 59, DD, in the hand of William A. Deas with complimentary close and signature by Pinckney, at foot of text: “The Secretary of State,” endorsed by TJ as received 3 June 1793 and so recorded in SJL; Tr in Lb in same). The enclosed letter has not been identified.

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