Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Richard Winn, 1 March 1803

To Richard Winn

Washington Mar. 1 1803.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to General Winn and asks the favor of him to take the trouble of recieving the amount of the inclosed order for the use of the academy on Broad river in S. Carolina which mr Pearson informs him the General patronised together with the letter to mr Pearson in answer to that of which the General was the bearer.

PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: Order on John Barnes for payment of $100 to Richard Winn “for value received,” Washington, 1 Mch. (PrC in same; in TJ’s hand and signed by him; pressed on same sheet as letter above).

Richard Winn (ca. 1750–1824), a native of Fauquier County, Virginia, moved to South Carolina, where he established himself as a surveyor, merchant, and planter in Camden District. A Revolutionary War veteran who became a major general in the state militia, he served in the general assembly from 1779 to 1786. He donated 100 acres in 1777 to the Mount Sion Society for the establishment of a school and was an ex-officio trustee of South Carolina College from 1801 to 1802. Among the many public offices he held were United States Superintendent for Indian Affairs in the Southern Department, justice of the peace for Camden District and Fairfield County, commissioner for the purchase and laying out of Columbia, South Carolina, in 1786 and lieutenant governor from 1800 to 1802. He represented South Carolina in the United States Congress from 1793 to 1797 and again from 1803 to 1813 before moving to Maury County, Tennessee (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; S.C. Biographical Directory, House of Representatives description begins J. S. R. Faunt, Walter B. Edgar, N. Louise Bailey, and others, eds., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Columbia, S.C., 1974-92, 5 vols. description ends , 3:779–81; Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; Vol. 36:262n).

for the use of the academy: TJ’s financial records for 28 Feb. note this transaction with Barnes as “charity to Jefferson Monticello academy in S. Carolina” (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 , 2:1093).

letter to mr pearson: TJ to Philip Pearson, 1 Mch.

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