Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Christopher Ellery, 29 April 1802

From Christopher Ellery

April 29th. 1802

C. Ellery wishes to peruse, before he leaves Washington, the letters written under a feigned signature, to the President, from Newport, the last summer and respectfully solicits the loan of them—with permission to copy if he should desire it after reading—

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Apr. and so recorded in SJL.

LETTERS WRITTEN UNDER A FEIGNED SIGNATURE: Ellery refers to the two letters TJ received from Nicholas Geffroy of 1 and 7 Aug. 1801. Ellery exposed them as forgeries and accused John Rutledge, Jr., of South Carolina as being their author. Both of the Geffroy letters to TJ were reprinted in the Newport Rhode-Island Republican on 18 Sep. 1802 (Vol. 35:3–6, 156–7).

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