From Joseph E. McIlhenney
Winchester Septr 17th 1816
Mr Peale of Philada called upon my brother, and told him, he had reacieved a letter from you, requesting him to procure a young man, who would be willing to settle in Charlottsville. He, as a particular friend of my brothers, advised him to communicate the circumstance to me; which he did in a letter of the 5th Instant. I immeadiately answer’d his letter, and requested him to inform Mr Peale, I would with pleasure except of the offer. He wrote me that mr Peale would inform you of my intended visit. He also advised me, (as a preliminary step) to address a fiew lines to you with a view of knowing wether you had return’d to Monticello; which place you had left (as he acquainted me) on a journey. Mr Peale represents the place as a very good cituation for a Watch Maker.
Jos E McIlhenney
P.S. I shall remain in this place untill I reaceive an answer. I have been abcent from Phlada during the summer; and was on the point of returning when I reacd the above intelegance.
J E McI—
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Oct. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Chapman Johnson, 26 Dec. 1816, on verso; addressed: “Thoms Jefferson, Esqr Monticello Va”; franked; postmarked Winchester, 28 Sept.
Joseph E. McIlhenney (ca. 1795–1873), clockmaker and dentist, was a native of Pennsylvania. He soon decided against moving to Charlottesville and returned instead to Philadelphia, where he lived thereafter. He worked as a clock- and watchmaker, both alone and in partnership with Thomas G. West, until at least 1825. Later in the 1820s McIlhenney became a dentist, in which profession he amassed a considerable fortune. He owned real estate worth $25,000 in 1850 and $45,000 twenty years later (Charles Willson Peale to TJ, 28 Feb. 1817; John Adems Paxton, The Philadelphia Directory and Register, for 1818 [Philadelphia, 1818]; Philadelphia Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser, 2 Oct. 1820; Philadelphia Saturday Evening Post, 7 Aug. 1824; Thomas Wilson, ed., The Philadelphia Directory and Stranger’s Guide, for 1825 [Philadelphia, 1825], 90; Philadelphia Directory and Stranger’s Guide, 1829 , 122; DNA: RG 29, CS, Pa., Philadelphia, 1850, 1870; Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Mar. 1873).
- Charlottesville, Va.; watchmaker needed in search
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