Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Kyle, Jr., 5 January 1801

From James Kyle, Jr.

Lycoiming County januery the 5th 1801;


I do Congratuelate you; As Preasedant of the united States in avance; to despotssem; you do fill the chair; of the Brave General Washington, May you be found in virtues; far to Exseed; But at the filling of his Sate I was greatley afraid; that another; would Preside; The united-States, in concord is under your Command; I hope by virtues; conduct you will Rul; in Hieroglyphicks bright; from a true freind to my Cuntrey; and your Humble Survant—

James Kyle Junr

RC (DLC); at head of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Presedant”; endorsed by TJ as received 6 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.

The Lycoming Gazette of 14 Mch. 1810 advertised the land of a James Kyle, Jr., for sale: “a valuable farm on which he lives, situate on Lycoming creek, twelve miles from Williamsport, containing 260 acres, between thirty and forty of which are cleared, with six acres of meadow, a thriving young orchard of apple trees, and a nice peach orchard. A square log house and kitchen, a good log barn, one of the best mill seats on Lycoming, on which there is a grist mill. In a word, the place is fit for almost any public business, as the great road [Williamson] leading to the State of New York passes through it” (John F. Meginness, History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania [Chicago, 1892], 631).

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