Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Blair McClenachan, 16 May 1801

From Blair McClenachan

Philadelphia May 16th: 1801.


My past misfortunes and the straitness of my present circumstances induce me to trouble You with the present application. I have little or nothing left for my future support. I am a dependant upon my children. I hope my past services to the cause of my Country throughout the whole of the revolutionary War, will entitle me to request, that if any office should be vacant to which You can with propriety recommend me, I hope You will have the goodness to rembenber Sir

Your very faithful friend & Svt

Blair Mclenachan

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 20 May and so recorded in SJL with notation “Off.”

Blair McClenachan (d. 1812), an Irish native who settled in Philadelphia, served as a Republican representative from Pennsylvania in the Fifth Congress (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).

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