Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Charles McLaughlin, 10 March 1802

From Charles McLaughlin

George Town March 10th. 1802.


I received by the Baltimore Stage a Couple of Fresh1 Cod Fish, which my Brother writes me were alive at 4 O.Clock this morning—and as I find Fish of every kind to be Scarce here at this time, I take the liberty to send One by the bearer hereof, which you will please to Accept from

Sir, your Obt. Servt.

Chs. Mclaughlin

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 10 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.

Charles McLaughlin (d. 1807) owned the Union Tavern in Georgetown and shared a contract with William Evans to carry mail between Baltimore and Washington. In December 1801, and for several years thereafter, TJ paid McLaughlin for a subscription to the Georgetown dancing assembly, held at the Union Tavern (RCHS description begins Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 1895–1989 description ends , 50 [1952], 19, 23, 37; Washington Federalist, 17 Mch. 1802; 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 , 2:1011n, 1059, 1088, 1153; Vol. 33:415n).

BROTHER: probably Andrew McLaughlin, a Baltimore stage driver, whose “mail stage office” address was next door to Evans’s inn (The New Baltimore Directory, and Annual Register, for 1800 and 1801 [Baltimore, 1801], 39, 67; Stafford, Baltimore Directory, for 1802, 73; Vol. 33:39n).

1MS: “Frish.”

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