Thomas Jefferson Papers

George Creager to Thomas Jefferson, 10 May 1814

From George Creager

May 10 1814 Washington City


I Saw a Racommandation under sined by your Name Last spring it was Handed to me by one James McKeny the Recommadation was in ditleing him as a Vary Honest men and of such a carractor that indused me to belive that it was the Case and on the stranght I took him and his Son in as Bordars and was Compliatly taken in he at first paid of Every week for three weeks and then stoped payment and in the month of July I took sick when he took the atvendage of me and—Left me and I had sometime before Give his Son two dollars for being inclined to assist me in times in my Buisness to by him a pair of shoos and as the old Gendlemen left me he put his old shoos in the place of his sons and took the pair which I bought for the son and wend of and the first I heard of him he wrote a letter to Mr John napp in this place and in the letter he mentioned of the mony he owed to me and said I should not be afread of loosing what he owed me that as soon as he Could Collact mony that was owing to him he would sent it by Post but1 Never did as yet I would thank you if you would Speck to him on the subgact as on the Good Recommandation of yours I Give him Cradit other wise I would helt him to pay Every week or Stoped Bording him and after he left me I got furter aquendet of his prinsibles whear I was much surprised of as I think your Recommandation was Gon to far acording to his Cunduct I wish to hear from you and Remain with Respect your frend

[Geor]ge Creager

his acount is for Bording and washing & for money lent for him only as for his son I made no garge after he took to assist me in my Buisness as I and father had agreed that he should help me for his Bording and the garge was only of the old mens to the amount of thirty two Dollars which he ows Justly to me now—

RC (DLC); torn at seal; addressed: “Mr Thomas Jafforson Esqe Albemare County Verginia”; franked; postmarked Washington, 12 May; endorsed by TJ as received 20 May 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

George Creager (ca. 1753–1815) served as sheriff of Frederick County, Maryland, from 1803–06, and sought an additional term unsuccessfully in 1809. Afterwards he moved to Washington, D.C., where he died (J. Thomas Scharf, History of Western Maryland [1882; repr. 2003], 1:480–1, 487, 493; Fredericktown (now Frederick), Md., Republican Advocate, 10 Dec. 1802; National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser, 1 Feb. 1805; Fredericktown Hornet; or, Republican Advocate, 4 Oct. 1809; Creager v. Brengle, reported in Thomas Harris and Reverdy Johnson, Reports of Cases Argued & Determined in the Court of Appeals of Maryland [1821–27], 5:234–45 [case decided in June 1821]; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 20 July, 10 Oct. 1815; Frederick-Town Herald, 26 Aug. 1815).

The racommandation of James McKinney (mckeny) was probably TJ to Richard M. Johnson, 26 Jan. 1813.

1Manuscript: “put.”

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