Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Jackson, Jr., 6 August 1803

From David Jackson, Jr.

Philada: Aug. 6th 1803

Honored Sir

I enclose you for your perusal, & satisfaction, the printed Extracts of the Genl. Assembly of the Presbyterian Church held in this City in May last; in the which you will observe the united testimony of said Church of the state of religion in their communion; this result is highly gratifying to the friends of piety in our connection, two thirds of whom are supporters of your administration—in this City, the Democratic Republican interest is supported by the Presbyterians,1 Baptists, & Germans, and generally opposed by the Episcopalians, Friends & Methodists; the last mentioned denomination, are fast embracing republicanism—The great Head of the Church has seen proper greatly to succeed a preached gospel under your administration, and to dissipate the fallacy of those fears, which many entertained, upon your accession to the Presidential Chair—   With Sentiments of the highest esteem permit me to subscribe myself

Your frend & supporter—

David Jackson

RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Aug. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Extracts from the Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (Philadelphia, 1803; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952-59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1670).

David Jackson, Jr., was an active member of Philadelphia’s First Presbyterian Church on Market Street and served as secretary-treasurer and trustee of its corporation (Donald Roth Kocher, The Mother of Us All: First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia [Woodbine, N.J., 1998], 53; Gazette of the United States, 19 June 1799; Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser, 24 Mch. 1801, 11 July 1808; Vol. 38:103-4n).

1MS: “Presbyterans.”

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