Thomas Jefferson Papers

Harrison Hall to Thomas Jefferson, 17 July 1817

From Harrison Hall

Philada July 17, 1817


Your Subscription to the Law Journal for Vols. 5 & 6 amounting to $10.00 being due—I have to request that you will remit the same by mail, or otherwise, as soon as may be convenient

Your’s very respectfully
Harrison Hall
133 Chesnut st.

Your Subscription for the Port Folio for the present year is also due, ($6.00) You will have the goodness for the future, to remit this money direct to me instead of paying it to Mr. Cottem, as heretofore, as it is extremely troublesome for me to settle an acct with him—

RC (DLC); with “(Over)” adjacent to signature; postscript on verso; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Aug. 1817 and so recorded in SJL; notation by TJ above endorsement: “Newspapers.”

Harrison Hall (1785–1866), publisher and author, spent his youth variously in Philadelphia, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and in Lamberton, New Jersey. He was a nongraduate member of the University of Pennsylvania class of 1803, and by 1812 he was a partner in the Philadelphia firm of Capp & Hall. In 1813 Hall authored a work on distilling. From 1816 to 1827 he and his brother John E. Hall were publisher and editor respectively of the Port Folio magazine in Philadelphia. During his long career in printing, Hall published the literary works of numerous members of his family. He also ran a bookstore and subsequently worked as a stationer and a surveyor. Hall moved to Cincinnati in 1865 and died there (Randolph C. Randall, James Hall: Spokesman of the New West [1964]; Will J. Maxwell, comp., General Alumni Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania [1917], 25; Philadelphia Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser, 22 Apr. 1812; Hall, Hall’s Distiller [Philadelphia, 1813]; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1337, 1415; John Adems Paxton, The Philadelphia Directory and Register, for 1818 [Philadelphia, 1818]; A. M’Elroy, A. M’Elroy’s Philadelphia Directory, for 1839 [1839], 102; McElroy’s Philadelphia Directory for 1844 [1844], 126; DNA: RG 29, CS, Pa., Philadelphia, 1850, 1860; Historical Magazine 10 [1866]: 200; burial record, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati).

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