Thomas Jefferson Papers

Osborn Sprigg to Thomas Jefferson, 15 June 1811

From Osborn Sprigg

Northampton Farm June 15th 1811

Dear Sir,

I would take the liberty to recommend to your attention & friendliness the bearer of this note Mr Cephus Shekell—He resided for Eight or ten years immediately in my neighbourhood & one of my nearest neighbours, and there never lived a more industrious, good manager—or a more worthy, honest character—

I hope you are well and enjoying all the pleasures of a happy and honorable retirement—

With great respect I remain your Sincere friend


RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Aug. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1741–1815) was a planter and resident of Prince Georges County, Maryland. His family was prominent politically, and he represented the county in the first five state revolutionary conventions, 1774–75, the state constitutional convention in 1776, the House of Delegates in 1777, and the state convention that ratified the federal constitution in 1788. Sprigg also served as a justice of the peace and tax commissioner (Edward C. Papenfuse and others, eds., A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789 [1979–85], 2:763, 764–5; Papenfuse, Maryland Public Officials description begins Edward C. Papenfuse and others, eds., An Historical List of Public Officials of Maryland, 1990– , 1 vol. description ends , 1:329; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1228; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 7 June 1815).

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