From John Washington Scott
Philada. Jany. 31st. 1803.
I take the liberty of a Citizen of a free & independent Republic of addressing to you my proposal for Publishing a small work, to which, should it meet your approbation, I request your patronage.—Although your exalted situation may furnish you with business of greater magnitude, I am induced to believe you will relax a moment from the arduous toil of governmental affairs to consider the request of a private Citizen just embarking on the sea of life, in a profession which is dependant on public patronage for Support—and your favour will be remembered with gratitude, by, Your fellow Citizen,
John Washington Scott.
RC (DLC); at head of text: “To Tho: Jefferson, President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Feb. and so recorded in SJL.
John Washington Scott, possibly the assumed name of John Welwood Scott (1777?-1842), was a Philadelphia printer and publisher of both secular and religious material. Probably a native of Nova Scotia, he published the Philadelphia Repository and Weekly Register for 1804 at his shop on Bank Street. In 1809, he solicited subscribers, including TJ, for a proposed publication of a volume of Joseph McCoy’s poetry. Scott later ran a bookstore at 147 Chestnut Street where, in 1813, he published Scott’s Philadelphia Price Current and Commercial Remembrancer as well as The Religious Remembrancer, reputedly the first weekly religious newspaper in the United States (Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 2:950, 1479; Gaylord P. Albaugh, History and Annotated Bibliography of American Religious Periodicals and Newspapers, 2 vols. [Worcester, Mass., 1994], 2:839–40; John Welwood Scott, A Discourse Delivered before the Provident Society of Philadelphia [Philadelphia, 1811; Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819, New York, 1958-63, 22 vols. description ends , No. 23879]; The Poetical Recreations of John W. Scott [Philadelphia, 1809; Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819, New York, 1958-63, 22 vols. description ends , No. 18575], 33, 60;RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004- , 8 vols. description ends , 1:504n).