Thomas Jefferson Papers

Hiram Storrs to Thomas Jefferson, 23 July 1817

From Hiram Storrs

Milledgeville 23d July 1817

Dear Sir,

I take the liberty of addressing you on a subject of much importance as it respects a friend of mine in this part of the country, who wishes to obtain information relative to the public Records which were carried away from Virginia by the British at the close of the Revolution. Presuming, that from your accurate knowlege of the transactions of that date, you could give the desired information, it was deemed expedient to address you relative thereto. A1 particular friend of mine, Col. John Lewis, son of John Lewis of Albemarle County Virginia, deceased, has a claim to lands in the Mississippi Territory, granted to his father since the year ’68, while East & West Florida was in the possession of the British2 Governmt. The grant is not to be found here, & the records of it Col. Lewis is informed by a friend of his, is somewhere among the public records carried to England. This friend, who says he saw this record of the Grant among the American papers in London, is now absent & not to be found; & our correspondent in London, to whom we have written, not being able to ascertain, where those Records were deposited, we wish Sir, that you would have the goodness, if it be in your power, to inform us, where, or in what Office in London the pilfered Records were lodged. The Grant was for an Island at the mouth of the Mobile, called, Lewis’s Island, which as the Col. informs me, was surveyed for his father of Albemarle, who imployed persons for that Express purpose. If Sir, it be in your power to throw any light on this interesting subject, you will greatly oblige the Colonel & his family, and also, your fellow Citizen, who most respectfully subscribes himself

yr friend & Obt Servt

Hiram Storrs

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received <18> 19 Aug. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

Hiram Storrs (1769–1821), attorney, was a native of Lebanon, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1793. Storrs practiced law in Milledgeville, Georgia, and died there (General Catalogue of Dartmouth College and the Associated Schools, 1769–1925 [1925], 99).

1Manuscript: “&.”

2Manuscript: “Brittish.”

Index Entries

  • Great Britain; land records in search
  • Lewis, John (Col.); land claims of search
  • Lewis, John (of Albemarle Co.); land grant to search
  • Mississippi Territory; land claims in search
  • Revolutionary War; records destroyed or lost during search
  • Storrs, Hiram; and land claims search
  • Storrs, Hiram; identified search
  • Storrs, Hiram; letter from search
  • United States; state papers and public documents search