From Benjamin F. Whitner
Columbia April 7th 1809.
Well knowing you to be an open and sincere friend and patron of literature, and presuming that it would [be]1 highly pleasant for you to hear and see the rapid growth and progression of Science, in all parts of our happy Union, I have taken the liberty of Sending you this catalougue of the Trustees, officers, &C. of the So Ca. College. Accept this small tribute of esteem and respect for those talents and virtues which have so long & so wisely directed and governed the helm of our political vessel through troubled and stormy seas. from one unknown who takes the liberty of subscribing himself a sincere and respectful friend,
B. F. Whitner
RC (ScU); addressed: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson, Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Apr. 1809 and so recorded in SJL; enclosure on verso. Enclosure: Catalogue Of the Trustees, Faculty and Students of the South-Carolina College, February, 1809 (printed broadside).
Benjamin Franklin Whitner (1790–1859) was born in the Pendleton District of South Carolina, graduated from South Carolina College in 1809, and became a lawyer and merchant. He represented the Edgefield District in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1826–28, and subsequently became a planter in Florida (BDSCHR description begins Walter B. Edgar and others, eds., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1974– , 5 vols. description ends , 5:282–3).
1. Omitted word editorially supplied.