Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Hollins to Thomas Jefferson, 10 April 1815

From John Hollins

Baltimore 10th April 1815

Dear sir

At the request of my very particular friend, & next door neighbour, James A Buchanan Esqr I now address you, to solicit for his son Wm B: Buchanan, a young Gentleman of accomplishments, a letter or two to some of your friends in Europe, where he means to pass some time, in visiting different places, he is to embark with Doctor Eustis, & will continue in his family a while in Holland; shd you have occasion to have executed any commission in Europe, I am satisfied it will be most pleasing to Mr W: B: B, to see it properly executed; & as peace & quiet is again very happily restored, I hope soon to receive your orders for plaister of paris &c &c

Mrs H who joins me in best respects to your good self & family, were sorry to be informed of the death of our worthy friend p: Carr, he is however removed from a world of trouble & anxiety, & I have no doubt to a place of everlasting comfort & happiness

If your Grandson & his bride, be under your hospitable roof, I pray you to present our best wishes to them, for their health & happiness.—

Hoping you will excuse the freedom I use in asking for the letters for my young friend, I

Remain with very great respect & esteem

Dear sir yr fnd & Servt

Jno Hollins

RC (MHi); with unrelated calculation by TJ at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Apr. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Graham, 14 May 1815, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq Monticello”; franked; postmarked Baltimore, 10 Apr.

Hollins and his neighbour, the merchant James A. Buchanan, resided on Washington Square in Baltimore (James Lakin, Baltimore Directory and Register, for 1814–15 [Baltimore, 1814], 48, 106). TJ’s grandson was Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

Index Entries

  • Buchanan, James A.; and letter of introduction for son search
  • Buchanan, William B.; plans trip to Europe search
  • Buchanan, William B.; recommended to TJ by J. Hollins search
  • Carr, Peter (1770–1815) (TJ’s nephew); death of search
  • Eustis, William; departs Boston for the Netherlands search
  • gypsum (plaster of paris); TJ orders search
  • Hollins, Jane Smith (John Hollins’s wife); sends greetings to TJ search
  • Hollins, John; and gypsum search
  • Hollins, John; letters from search
  • Hollins, John; requests letter of introduction search
  • Hollins, John; residence of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); gypsum for search
  • Randolph, Jane Hollins Nicholas (Thomas Jefferson Randolph’s wife; Wilson Cary Nicholas’s daughter); and T. J. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); and J. H. N. Randolph search
  • Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (TJ’s grandson; Jane Hollins Nicholas Randolph’s husband); greetings sent to search