Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from St. George Tucker, 26 November 1802

From St. George Tucker

Williamsburg Nover. 26. 1802.

St. Geo. Tucker with very respectful Compliments to Mr. Jefferson takes the earliest Opportunity since his return home to forward the history of Connecticut, according to the promise he made at Monticello. He takes the Liberty of referring Mr. Jefferson particularly to the Appendix, which contains some curious particulars.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 2 Dec. and so recorded in SJL.

The history of connecticut that Tucker forwarded has not been identified but may have been the first volume of A Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical, from the Emigration of Its First Planters from England, in MDCXXX, to MDCCXIII, written by Yale graduate and pastor of the church at North Haven, Benjamin Trumbull, and published in Hartford in 1797. Its appendix of “Original papers illustrating the preceding History,” contained 26 documents, including old patents for Connecticut, fundamental articles of the colony’s original constitution, and the Great Patent of New-England of 3 Nov. 1620. Trumbull’s lengthy list of subscribers to the history included many Connecticut citizens and legislators and 10 United States senators, among whom was Tucker’s fellow Virginian, Henry Tazewell. Another history that may have been sent to TJ was published in London in 1781 and attributed to Samuel A. Peters writing as “A Gentleman of the Province.” His General History of Connecticut, From Its First Settlement under George Fenwick, Esq. to Its Latest Period of Amity with Great Britain; Including a Description of the Country, and Many Curious and Interesting Anecdotes, included an “Appendix, wherein new and true Sources of the present Rebellion in America are pointed out; together with the particular Part taken by the People of Connecticut in its Promotion.”

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