From William Dunnington
January 19th. 1802
Pleas your honour this Comes to Sertify That I never have received the money Due me For being in the Service During Last war I have therefore been trying to Settle it & Has became destitute of money & hope That you will Consider my un hapy State And assist me with a trifle to bear My Expences home as I am now four hundred miles from home & Greatly oblige yours &c.
NB Dr. Sir Pleas to do your endevers to Desspatch me as I am been Long from Home & wishes to get back
RC (DLC); addressed: “His Excellency the Precident of the united states Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received from Washington on 19 Jan. and so recorded in SJL.
William Dunnington (d. 1834) was a Revolutionary War veteran who served as a private in the Maryland line. In 1824, he received 100 acres under a bounty land warrant and after his death in Caldwell County, Kentucky, his widow continued to apply for additional remuneration (Harry Wright Newman, Maryland Revolutionary Records [Baltimore, 1967], 63; White, Genealogical Abstracts description begins Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Waynesboro, Tenn., 1990–92, 4 vols. description ends , 1:1047).
Assist me with a Trifle: in his financial memoranda for 19 Jan. 1802, TJ recorded an order on John Barnes to give Dunnington $10 in “charity” (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1063).