Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enoch Reynolds to Thomas Jefferson, 27 June 1816

From Enoch Reynolds

Washington City 27th June 1816


Permit me the honor to enclose you a Prospectus of a very Splendid work now in the hands of the artists,

The publisher having appointed me his agent to procure subscriptions and deliver the plates, I avail myself of this early opportunity of Soliciting your patronage, Should you be inclined to grant my request, I Shall be obliged by your naming Some person in the District to whom the engraving Shall be delivered,

With the greatest respect I have the honor to be Sir Your obedt Servant

Enoch Reynolds

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 10 July 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Albert Gallatin, 8 Sept. 1816, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello Va”; franked; postmarked Washington, 27 June.

Enoch Reynolds (1776–1833), civil servant, was born in Norwich, Connecticut. By 1799 he had migrated to Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, where he was a shopkeeper. Reynolds had relocated by 1804 to Philadelphia, and in 1809 he helped found the Third Baptist Church of Philadelphia. By 1813 he was in Washington, D.C., serving as a clerk in the Department of War’s Office of the Superintendent General of Military Supplies, and by 1816 he was chief clerk. In 1818 Reynolds was chief clerk in the Second Comptroller’s Office in the Treasury Department, a position he held until his death. He sat on Washington’s Board of Common Council, 1818–19, and was a justice of the peace, 1821–33. Reynolds was among the founders of Columbian College (later George Washington University) in 1821, and he served on its board of trustees as secretary, 1821–26, and as treasurer, 1827–33 (Marion H. Reynolds, The History and Descendants of John and Sarah [Backus] Reynolds of Saybrook, Lyme and Norwich, Conn., 1655–1928 [1928], 21–2, 28–9; Emily C. Blackman, History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania [1873], 12, 121, 217; Philadelphia Aurora General Advertiser, 31 Oct. 1804; David Spencer, The Early Baptists of Philadelphia [1877], 175; John Armstrong, Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting a Statement Showing the Names of the Clerks Employed in the War Department [Washington, 1814]; George Graham, Letter from the Acting Secretary of War transmitting Statements of the Clerks Employed in the Departments of War [Washington, 1817], 11; William H. Crawford, Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting a List of the Clerks employed in the Treasury Department [Washington, 1819], 7; William A. Weaver, Register of all Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the Thirtieth September, 1833 [1833], 13; City of Washington Gazette, 2 June 1818, 13 Nov. 1819; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 3:236, 242, 449, 456, 4:154, 169 [23 Jan., 10 Feb. 1821, 13, 20 Dec. 1825, 14 Feb., 2 Mar. 1831]; Howard L. Hodgkins, Historical Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of The Columbian University [1891], 6, 29–31; Washington Globe, 15 Oct. 1833).

The prospectus, not found, was also enclosed to TJ in a printed circular from the publisher John Binns, in which Binns advised that he would be “publishing a Splendid Edition of the Declaration of Independence” that was “purely national” and “executed in a manner worthy of the nation,” for which he solicited patronage (DLC: TJ Papers, 207:36937; signed by Binns; dated “Philadelphia, June, 1816”; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esq. Monticello. [Va]”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 18 June; endorsed by TJ without date of receipt, but recorded in SJL as a “circular” received 10 July 1816).

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