Thomas Jefferson Papers

Notes on a Paragraph by John Henry, [after 1 March 1797]

Notes on a Paragraph by John Henry

[after 1 Mch. 1797]

A paragraph written by Mr. Henry a Senator of the US. from Maryland, and inserted in Bache’s paper about the 1st. of March 97. It is in his handwriting. It was1 given by him to Mr. Hurt to copy and insert in the public papers. Mr. Hurt gave it to me.

MS (DLC); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated and unsigned.

The paragraph in question from the Aurora has not been identified, nor is it known how long after its publication TJ made these notes. John Henry was a senator until 10 Dec. 1797, when he resigned to serve as governor of Maryland, and he died on 16 Dec. 1798. Evidently the paragraph’s courier was John Hurt, a former military chaplain from Virginia (Biog. Dir. Cong., description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989 Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends 1174; Madison, Papers, description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962– , 26 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 4 vols. description ends xiii, 233, xvi, 8n, xvii, 388n; Hurt to TJ, 31 Aug. 1801).

1TJ here canceled “copied.”

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