Thomas Jefferson Papers

Mary Page to Thomas Jefferson, 2 January 1811

From Mary Page

Janry 2d 1811—

Dr Sir.

I am about to ask the greatest favour of you that can be confered; it is your Patronage for my Son John T Page, who is at present out of Employment he seems to think he can act as Manager over a few Negroes. or perhaps as an under Clerk. this however your better judgement will determine if you See and Converse with him. I am sorry to say my limited Circumstances will only allow me to pay 100$ yearly. in any way that may be most usefull for him, he has been unfortunate in losing the support left him by his Father in Landed Property. which was Sold under a Mortgage on it for not more than a third of the value of the Land, he read Law for a short time with Genl Minor—and sometimes seems to wish to continue that and Settle in the Western Country my object is to get him1 in some Employment immediately— and thinking your regard for his Deceased Father will induce you to try to get him into some business Encourages me to apply to you, My Daughters join me in Affect Regards to yourself and family. I am Sir with Esteem

Yr Obt Sert

Mary Page—

a letter directed to Mill Wood Frederick County. Virginia—will be esteemed a favour

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Jan. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Mary Tayloe Page (ca. 1759–1835) was the widow of Mann Page, who served in the Continental Congress in 1777, and the sister-in-law of TJ’s longtime friend John Page (Richard Channing Moore Page, Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia, 2d ed. [1965], 81; Fredericksburg Virginia Herald, 4 Mar. 1818 [death notice for son John Tayloe Page], 7 Feb. 1835; Charles Town Virginia Free Press, 26 Mar. 1835).

1Word interlined.

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  • Frederick County, Va. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • law; study of search
  • Millwood (Frederick Co.) search
  • overseers; positions for search
  • Page, John; family of search
  • Page, John Tayloe; employment for search
  • Page, Lucy Gwynn search
  • Page, Mann; family of search
  • Page, Maria search
  • Page, Mary Tayloe; identified search
  • Page, Mary Tayloe; letters from search
  • Page, Mary Tayloe; seeks appointment for son search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • slaves; management of search
  • women; letters from; M. Page search