Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Lee to Thomas Jefferson, 14 October 1817

From William Lee

Washington Octr 14: 1817.

Respected & very dear Sir/.

Permit me to recommend to Your kind civilities the bearer of this the Revd C. Lowell of Boston a particular friend of mine of many years standing I shall be grateful for your goodness towards him

With the highest veneration I have the honor to be Your humble Servant

Wm Lee

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 Oct. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

Charles Lowell (1782–1861), Congregational clergyman, was born in Boston. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover beginning in 1792 and graduated from Harvard University in 1800, after which he studied divinity in Edinburgh. Lowell was ordained as the minister of Boston’s West Church in 1806, a post he retained, with the aid of an assistant beginning in 1837, until his death in Cambridge. He published two volumes of sermons in 1855. Lowell’s involvement in numerous organizations included service to the Massachusetts Historical Society as recording secretary, 1818–33, and corresponding secretary, 1833–49, and to the American Antiquarian Society as a councillor, 1820–53 (Sprague, American Pulpit description begins William B. Sprague, Annals of the American Pulpit, 1857–69, 9 vols. description ends , 8:390–1; Biographical Catalogue of the Trustees, Teachers and Students of Phillips Academy, Andover, 1778–1830 [1903], 39; Harvard Catalogue description begins Harvard University Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates, 1636–1925, 1925 description ends , 182; Panoplist; or, the Christian’s Armory 1 [1806]: 274; The Massachusetts Register and United States Calendar; For the Year of our Lord 1818 [Boston, (1817)]; Lowell, Sermons: Chiefly Occasional and Sermons: Chiefly Practical [both 1855]; List of Officers and Members of the Massachusetts Historical Society. January, 1791–September, 1897 [1897], 3, 8; American Antiquarian Society, Proceedings 23 [1855]: 40; Boston Daily Advertiser, 22 Jan. 1861; NEHGR description begins New England Historical and Genealogical Register description ends 15 [1861]: 187).

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  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Lee, William (1772–1840); introduces C. Lowell to TJ search
  • Lee, William (1772–1840); letters from search
  • Lowell, Charles; identified search
  • Lowell, Charles; introduced to TJ search