Thomas Jefferson Papers

Daniel Brent to Thomas Jefferson, 20 May 1815

From Daniel Brent

Washington, Dept of State, May 20 1815.

Dear Sir,

your letter of the 14th Inst to Mr Graham, enclosing one for Mr Crawford, our Minister in France, has just been received at this office. Mr Graham being now, as he probably will be for some time to come, in the State of Kentuckey, I have taken charge of the Enclosure, and will forward it by the first opportunity to Mr Crawford, at Paris.

I have the Honor to remain, with perfect Respect, Dr sir, your Obedt humble servant,

Daniel Brent.

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 June 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

Daniel Brent (ca. 1774–1841) served as a clerk in the United States Treasury Department under Alexander Hamilton. He resigned early in 1794 to return to his native Virginia, where he represented Stafford County in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1796. By 1801 Brent had resumed service in the federal government as a clerk in the State Department, with promotion to chief clerk early in the administration of James Monroe. Brent continued in that post until 1833, when Andrew Jackson appointed him United States consul at Paris, where he died (Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton [1961–87], 13:463, 15:592; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619–January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, 1978 description ends , 205; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 37 vols. description ends , 17:354–5, 33:512–3, 36:312; Brent to TJ, 10 Aug. 1802 [DLC]; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 3:119, 4:344, 348 [30 Jan. 1801, 21 Jan., 10 Feb. 1834]; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 24 Sept. 1817, 15 July 1830, 26 Feb. 1841).

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