Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joshua Simmons to Thomas Jefferson, 7 August 1811

From Joshua Simmons

Rowe—Massachusetts—AD 1811 Hampshire county Aug 7th

Dear Sir

I am about to request a favor that will appear verry extraordinary from an entire stranger but I am under the necesity of doing it to some person who is not acquainted with [me] for I know of no one with whom I [am] personally acquainted that is in a situation [to do?] me the favor I am in absolute need of which is the lone of one hundred dollars for the term of one year—And then I will be punctual in refunding it—with interest.1 I reside in the town of Rowe Farming is my profession now Setting up a gin still on a small scale and have not quite money sufficient to go through with it without being verry much embarrassed—If you will Send me the hundred dollars I shall ever consider you as my benefactor—It is not becuse my credit is so low that I am under the necesity of applying to a stranger I can be credited any thing among my acquaintance they have to Sell but money is so scarce it is not to be obtained I have tried to conjecture what reception this will meet with I think could I now be placed in your circumstances after experienceing the want of a little money I should send it but had I never known2 the want of money I cannot determine what I should do under like Situation—The hearts of millions attend you

And among them that of your real friend and Humble Servt—

Joshua Simmons

RC (MHi); torn at seal; between dateline and salutation: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as a “begging” letter received 25 Aug. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

1Preceding two words interlined.

2Manuscript: “know.”

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