Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Lee, 7 June 1793

From Henry Lee

Richmond, 7 June 1793. If TJ can give letters of introduction to the bearer, Mr. Livingston, a very worthy man and good citizen who proposes to visit France in order to establish personal and commercial connections, he might give essential help to a truly respectable man who, as a result of the part he took in the late war, sacrificed a very large fortune in Jamaica.

RC (DLC); 2 p.; endorsed by TJ as received 6 July 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

Muscoe Livingston was a sea captain who had served briefly as a second lieutenant in the Continental navy and resided at various times in London, Jamaica, Norfolk, and Essex County, Virginia, where he lived at this time and where his estate was probated in 1798 (WMQ, description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892- description ends 1st ser., xiii [1905], 262, 263; Franklin, Papers, description begins Leonard W. Labaree, William B. Willcox, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, New Haven, 1959-, 30 vols. description ends xxvi, 256; Morris, Papers, description begins E. James Ferguson, John Catanzariti, Elizabeth M. Nuxoll, Mary A. Y. Gallagher, and others, eds., The Papers of Robert Morris, 1781–1784, Pittsburgh, 1973–99, 9 vols. description ends vi, 23; Syrett, Hamilton, description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends xv, 366).

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