Thomas Jefferson Papers

Josephus B. Stuart to Thomas Jefferson, 5 April 1817

From Josephus B. Stuart

New York, 5th April 1817.


I take the liberty to send you the inclosed paper, by which you will see, the portentious state of the British Government & Nation. My letters from London, speak confidently of an approaching crisis.—

Most respectfully Yours,

J. B. Stuart

P.S. You know the influence & connections of the Marquis of Wellesly—note his speech.—

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Apr. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Fernagus De Gelone, 29 Apr. 1817, on verso; addressed: “Honorable Thomas Jefferson. Monticello. Virginia”; franked; postmarked New York, 5 Apr.

The inclosed paper may have been the 4 Apr. 1817 issue of the New York Commercial Advertiser, which contained extracts from recently arrived London newspapers that included a message from the Prince Regent delivered 28 Jan. 1817 following an assault on him by a mob outside Parliament, two other messages from him of 3 and 4 Feb. 1817, and proceedings of both houses of Parliament relative to the Regent’s communications regarding the distressed state of the nation. On 29 Jan. 1817 Richard Wellesley (wellesly), Marquess Wellesley, spoke in the House of Lords against any idea of universal suffrage and annual parliaments, which might “make the House of Commons the tool of democracy.” Agreeing, however, that the British people were in need of relief, he supported “entering immediately into an inquiry into their distresses and their causes.”

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