Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Buchanan, 21 August 1793

From George Buchanan

Balte August 21 1793

Hon’d Sir

I hope I have not taken too great a liberty in Dedicating the enclosed to you, the subject I know corresponds with your principles, and the civilities which I had the honor of receiving from you while in Paris, not being obliterated from my memory, enduced me to it. And should it meet with your approbation it will add much to my satisfaction.

I have sent the President a Copy, accompanyed with a letter, offering myself a Candidate for the office vacated by the death of Col. Balard of this Town—and great would be my obligation Sir, if I could pray your assistance in obtaining the request; and trusting that you will immediately make intercession for me before it is too late, suffer me to subscribe myself your very humble servant & Friend

Geo Buchanan

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 26 Aug. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: George Buchanan, An Oration upon the Moral and Political Evil of Slavery. Delivered at a public Meeting of the Maryland Society, for promoting the Abolition of Slavery, And the Relief of Free Negroes, and others unlawfully held in Bondage. Baltimore, July 4th, 1791 (Baltimore, 1793). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 2816.

The dedication of the enclosed lauded TJ as one “whose Patriotism, since the American Revolution, has been uniformly marked, by a sincere, steady and active Attachment to the Interest of his Country; and whose literary Abilities have distinguished him amongst the first of Statesmen and Philosophers.” Buchanan’s letter to George Washington also bore this date (DLC: Washington Papers, Applications for Office). Robert Ballard was inspector of the port of Baltimore when his death vacated the office (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, 104, 111). Buchanan was not appointed.

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