Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Francis Peyton, 17 June 1802

From Francis Peyton

Alexandria 17. June 1802

D Sir

Permit me to make you acquainted with Mr. Joseph Cowings a gentlemen just arrived here from England, who has solicited me to afford him this introduction

I am respectfully Yr Ob. Servt.

Francis Peyton

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 21 June “by mr Cowings” and so recorded in SJL.

Joseph Cowing settled in Alexandria, where he became a schoolmaster and filled leadership roles in several civic organizations (Miller, Alexandria Artisans description begins T. Michael Miller, comp., Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, Virginia, 1780–1820, Bowie, Md., 1991–92, 2 vols. description ends , 1:7; 2:94, 197, 345; T. Michael Miller, Portrait of a Town: Alexandria, District of Columbia [Virginia], 1820–1830 [Bowie, Md., 1995], 187, 338).

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