Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joseph T. Scott, 9 April 1803

To Joseph T. Scott

Washington Apr. 9. 1803.


I informed you in my letter of Mar. 6. of the measure I had taken to answer the object of your’s of Feb. 25. I now inclose you two accounts of the family of General Washington from persons intimately acquainted with them and entirely to be relied on, and tender you my best wishes & respects.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Joseph Scott”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosures not found, but see below.

Daniel Carroll Brent, to whom TJ had written on 6 Mch. on Scott’s behalf, sought information from his friend Alexander Spotswood, who enclosed material relevant to Scott’s proposed biography of general washington and also offered to share letters his grandfather had written while serving as lieutenant governor of Virginia. Spotswood was married to George Washington’s niece Elizabeth Washington (Alexander Spotswood to Daniel Carroll Brent, 16 Mch., in MHi, endorsed by TJ; Washington, Papers, Pres. Ser. description begins W. W. Abbot, Dorothy Twohig, Philander D. Chase, Theodore J. Crackel, Edward C. Lengel, and others, eds., The Papers of George Washington, Charlottesville, 1983- , 57 vols., Confed. Ser., 1992–97, 6 vols., Pres. Ser., 1987- , 16 vols., Ret. Ser., 1998–99, 4 vols., Rev. War Ser., 1985- , 21 vols. description ends , 15:389n).

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