Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John F. Mercer, 28 December 1801

From John F. Mercer

Annapolis Dec. 28th. 1801.

Dear Sir

Mr. William Polk of Somerset County in this state will have the honor of presenting you this—he is anxious to be made known to you & I feel gratified by introducing him as one of the distinguish’d supporters’ of an Revolution in this State; He has since invariably maintaind his original principles & standing almost alone in the lower District of the Eastern Shore, nothing but his rank in society & his personal qualities perhaps ensur’d his safety,—they scarcely procurd him tolerance till the late change offerd him a seat in the Senate of this State:, I feel also another gratification in repeating the expression of the respectful attachment with which

I am Dr Sir yr Ob hble Sv.

John F. Mercer

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 1 Jan. 1802 and so recorded in SJL.

An attorney from Somerset County, William Polk was elected to Maryland’s senate to represent the Eastern Shore in 1801, although he did not attend. He became chief justice of a Maryland judicial district in 1802 (Papenfuse, Maryland Legislature description begins Edward C. Papenfuse, Alan F. Day, David W. Jordan, and Gregory A. Stiverson, eds., A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789, Baltimore, 1979–85, 2 vols. description ends , 2:654–5; Paul Baker Touart, Somerset: An Architectural History [Annapolis, Md., 1990], 230).

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