Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Jordan to Thomas Jefferson, 1 September 1811

From John Jordan

Lexington K. Sepr 1st 1811.


I had the honor to receive1 your favor of the 5th Ult covering one for Mr Ogilvie, which I enveloped and forwarded him at Bairdstown Kentucky by the same Mail— having taken up his residence at that place to be near a literary friend of his (Mr McAlister)

Mr Ogilvie diliverd several Lectures during his stay at this place, they were received with the most unbounded applause.

It affords me a real & sincere pleasure to have it in my power to render you so small a service—Particularly when I reflect on the many benefits our State has derived during your, and our Present Presidents administration

We have encreased in Population, and for our age no State has excelled us in Agriculture and Manufactures—and happy am I to say that Republicanism keeps pace.

We have been some what agitated in our late elections as to State Legislatures Instructing their Senators in Congress—should time present itself to you I shoud deem it a most singular favor for your opinion on this head—for this query I trust you will have the goodness to pardon me—as I may have form’d an eronious opinion, particularly as our Senators as related to the U.S. Bank question have differed—

I again repeat the pleasure that twill at all times afford me to prove serviceable to you or any of your Friends

That you may enjoy health—And that Posterity justly appreciate what you have done for your Country is the fervent & sincere Wish of

Your Most obt Sert.

John Jordan Jr

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); between dateline and salutation: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Monticello. Va”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Oct. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

bairdstown: Bardstown. On 31 Jan. 1811 Kentucky’s legislature passed a resolution instructing its congressional delegation to oppose the rechartering of the bank of the United States. Its senators at the time were Henry Clay, who complied, and John Pope, who gave a lengthy speech supporting rechartering on 15 Feb. 1811. The Senate defeated renewal of the charter five days later (Acts Passed at the First Session of the Nineteenth General Assembly for the Commonwealth of Kentucky [Frankfort, 1811], 159; Annals description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States . . . Compiled from Authentic Materials, Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1834–56, 42 vols. (all editions are undependable and pagination varies from one printing to another. Citations given below are to the edition mounted on the American Memory website of the Library of Congress and give the date of the debate as well as page numbers) description ends , 11th Cong., 3d sess., 219–40, 346–7). After Clay’s term expired in March, George M. Bibb replaced him (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, 1989 description ends ).

1Manuscript: “receive receive.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States; opposition to search
  • Bibb, George Minos; as U.S. senator search
  • Clay, Henry; as U.S. senator search
  • Jordan, John; and legislative instructions search
  • Jordan, John; forwards TJ’s letter search
  • Jordan, John; letters from search
  • Kentucky; and Bank of the United States search
  • Kentucky; growth of search
  • Madison, James; administration of search
  • McAllister, James; mentioned search
  • Ogilvie, James; as lecturer search
  • politics; and legislative instructions search
  • Pope, John; as U.S. senator search
  • Senate, U.S.; and Bank of the United States search