Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Thornton and Others, 12 May 1801

To William Thornton and Others

Tuesday May 12. 1801.

Th: Jefferson requests the favor of Dr. Thornton, Mrs. Thornton and Mrs. Bridau’s company to dinner tomorrow at three oclock.

RC (DLC: William Thornton Papers); probably in Meriwether Lewis’s hand; addressed: “Dr Thornton.” Not recorded in SJL.

Dr. Thornton, Mrs. Thornton and Mrs. Bridau: William Thornton, his wife Anna Maria Brodeau, and his mother-in-law Ann Brodeau, a former headmistress of a ladies’ boarding school in Philadelphia, lived two blocks east of the President’s House on F Street, NW, from 1797 until William’s death in 1828. James and Dolley Madison and Anna Payne may also have attended the dinner (Harris, Thornton description begins C. M. Harris, ed., Papers of William Thornton: Volume One, 1781–1802, Charlottesville, 1995 description ends , 1:xliv, xlix; TJ to Martha Jefferson Randolph, 11 May 1792; TJ to Thomas Mann Randolph, 14 May 1801).

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