Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Moses Myers, 23 February 1802

From Moses Myers

Union Tavern Geo. Town Feby. 23d. 1802

M. Myers has the honor to Inclose a Letter from his friend Col. Newton with Two boxes of Segars—

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 23 Feb. Enclosure: Thomas Newton to TJ, 12 Feb.

Moses Myers (ca. 1752–1835), a merchant, was born in New York City. Myers moved to Norfolk in 1787, a year after a trading company based in New York and Amsterdam in which he was a partner dissolved. In July 1802, he declined a commission from TJ to be a bankruptcy commissioner of Norfolk. An obituary described Myers as “at one time the most extensive merchant South of the Potomac” (Joseph R. Rosenbloom, A Biographical Dictionary of Early American Jews, Colonial Times through 1800 [Lexington, Ky., 1960], 128; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 3:430; Richmond Enquirer, 14 July 1835; Thomas Newton to TJ, 10 July 1801).

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