Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Charles Pinckney, 6 May 1801

From Charles Pinckney

Winyaw May 6: 1801

Dear Sir

I take the liberty of introducing to your acquaintance Doctor Blythe who is a gentleman of this state & of great respectability.—he is a member of our Senate & was one of our republican Electors in December last—he is at present on a tour through the northern states with his Lady & I feel much pleasure in having this opportunity of introducing him to your acquaintance as he is a man of letters & perfectly acquainted with the politics & interests of our state—

With great respect & regard I am dear sir yours truly

Charles Pinckney

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “To The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Oct. and so recorded in SJL with notation: “by Dr. Blythe.”

Joseph Blyth (Blythe) was a physician and planter in Georgetown District, South Carolina, and a former medical student of Benjamin Rush. He served in the General Assembly from 1794 to 1815 and was a presidential elector in 1800 and 1804. He married Elizabeth Frances Allston in 1791 (S.C. Biographical Directory, Senate description begins N. Louise Bailey and others, eds., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina Senate, 1776–1985, Columbia, S.C., 1986, 3 vols. description ends , 1:153; Vol. 32:265).

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