Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Parsons, 12 October 1802

From Joseph Parsons

Washington City October the 12th 1802

Your Excellency was pleased to condecend to take notice of my unfortunate situation and release me from Prison. I now take this earlyest opportunity to render you my humble and warmest acknoledgments for your humane and generous interference in my favour—That you may live long and enjoy all the blessings this life can bestow will be the constant prayer of your Excellencys;—

Most Obedient & much Obliged Humble Sert.

Joseph Parsons

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.

HUMANE AND GENEROUS INTERFERENCE IN MY FAVOUR: on 11 Oct., TJ sent Daniel C. Brent, the marshal for the District of Columbia, an order on John Barnes for $30 in charity for Parsons, which secured his release from jail (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 , 2:1083).

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