Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., 19 June 1793

From Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.

United States 19 June 1793.

By direction of the President of the UStates Bw. Dandridge has the honor to enclose to the Secretary of State, two pardons—one for Hezekiah Usher, the other for Geo. Dunbar Usher, in order to have the Ud. States seal affixed to them; and to request that the Secretary will wait on the President tomorrow morning at nine o’Clock, to take into consideration certain matters which were postponed on Monday.

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Secy. of State”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from George Washington received 19 June 1793. Dft (DNA: RG59, MLR). FC (Lb in same, SDC). Entry in SJPL: “B.D. for G.W. to Th:J.—pardons.” Enclosures not found.

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr. (d. 1802), the son of Martha Washington’s brother Bartholomew, served as one of the President’s secretaries from 1791 until Washington left office. He subsequently saw service as secretary to the American legations at The Hague and London before going into business in New York City. In 1800 he was appointed United States consul to the southern district of Saint-Domingue, and as President TJ gave him the post of commercial agent at Port Republican on the same island (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892- description ends , 1st ser., v [1897], 36, vi [1898], 251; Freeman, Washington description begins Douglas Southall Freeman, George Washington, New York, 1948–57, 7 vols.; 7th volume by J. A. Carroll and M. W. Ashworth description ends , vi, 362–3n, vii, 96, 444–5; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828 description ends , i, 357, 402, 405, 406, 407).

The Ushers had been penalized for customs violations in Rhode Island (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 183).

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