Thomas Jefferson Papers

Frank Carr to Thomas Jefferson, 26 June 1813

From Frank Carr

Charlottesville June 26th 1813

My dear Sir,

Enclosed is a specimen of the Sulphuret of Antimony, which was found in this neighbourhood—It’s appearance, and the chemical tests to which I have exposed it shew it to be very pure—As we have not been able to discover the place from which this has been obtained, it’s value cannot be ascertained—

With great respect

I am &c

Frank Carr

RC (ViU: TJP-CC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 June 1813, but recorded in SJL as received the day it was written; with attached scrap, containing portions of another letter in an unidentified hand, and TJ’s docket: “the specimen sent to mr Correa at Philadelphia,” a reference to TJ to José Corrêa da Serra, 27 Dec. 1814.

Frank Carr (1784–1854), physician and newspaper editor, owned the Red Hills estate in Albemarle County. He provided medical services at Monticello on several occasions. During the War of 1812 Carr was a surgeon for the county militia. He served as a county magistrate in 1816 and as sheriff in 1839. Beginning late in the 1820s, Carr was the co-owner and editor of the Charlottesville Virginia Advocate, and he printed the first edition of TJR description begins Thomas Jefferson Randolph, ed., Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1829, 4 vols. description ends in 1829. He was also an early member of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle and held the office of assistant secretary in 1820. Carr ran schools on more than one occasion, including one attended by Hore Browse Trist and Nicholas P. Trist. In addition, he served as trustee and secretary of the board for the Albemarle Academy and as proctor of the University of Virginia (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893–  description ends 3 [1896]: 209; Lay, Architecture description begins K. Edward Lay, The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, 2000 description ends , 128, 129; 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 , 2:1276, 1289, 1334; Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 96, 377, 379; Richmond Enquirer, 10 Oct. 1829, 29 Nov. 1831; Elizabeth Copeland Norfleet, “Newspapers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County,” MACH description begins Magazine of Albemarle County History, 1940–  (title varies: issued until 1951 as Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society) description ends 50 [1992]: 71; True, “Agricultural Society,” description begins Rodney H. True, “Minute Book of the Agricultural Society of Albemarle,” Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1918 (1921), 1:261–349 description ends 269, 291; Bruce, University description begins Philip Alexander Bruce, History of the University of Virginia 1819–1919: The Lengthened Shadow of One Man, 1920–22, 5 vols. description ends , 1:121, 124, 126, 2:351, 3:198; Elizabeth Trist to Catharine Wistar Bache, 12 Sept. 1817 [PPAmP: Bache Papers]; Hore Browse Trist to Nicholas P. Trist, 13 May [Apr.] 1819 [DLC: Nicholas P. Trist Papers]; Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser, 11 July 1854).

sulphuret: sulphide (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • antimony; antimony sulfide (stibnite) search
  • Carr, Frank; identified search
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  • Carr, Frank; sends mineral specimen to TJ search
  • Corrêa da Serra, José; mineral specimen sent to search
  • stibnite (antimony sulfide) search