Thomas Jefferson Papers

John H. Woodward to Thomas Jefferson, 29 January 1810

From John H. Woodward

Charleston January 29, 1810


I contemplate publishing, under the patronage of Dr David Ramsay, a succinct biography, of all the most eminent persons; who have done honor to our national character. Should my design meet your ideas, and you feel disposed to favor my undertaking, I would thank you for a catalogue of the names of such persons, as you may think worthy of being commemorated in such publication

With very high regard Your obedient humble servant

John H. Woodward.

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Feb. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

John H. Woodward (d. 1813), a native of Connecticut who later moved to South Carolina, was for a time the secretary and treasurer of the Charleston Philomathean Society. In 1808 he opened an academy in that city. Four years later Woodward published a slim volume of poetry, but there is no evidence that he completed the volume described above (Gary Phillip Zola, Isaac Harby of Charleston 1788–1828 [1994], 200n; John H. Woodward, The Poetical Works of John H. Woodward [Charleston, 1812]; Charleston Times, 22 Oct., 3 Nov. 1808, 16 Mar. 1813).

david ramsay was a noted Charleston physician and politician who wrote extensively on American history (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ).

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