Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin W. Crowninshield, 1 November 1817

To Benjamin W. Crowninshield

Monticello Nov. 1. 17.

Dear Sir

The bearer of this, mr John Carr, the son of a nephew of mine, was I believe enregistered on the roll of midshipmen about two years ago. his time since that has been employed at school to improve his qualifications, and he now goes on to enter on the duties which may be prescribed to him. he is a young man of excellent character. his father who goes on with him will be able to inform you of his age, course of studies & any other particulars which may be of importance. any favor you can with justice shew to him will be gratefully acknoleged by my self; and I pray you to accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Christie’s, New York City, 2001); at foot of text (trimmed, with loss supplied from PoC): “The honble [Benjamin W. Crownenshield The Secretary of the Navy].” PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of James Oldham to TJ, 3 Aug. 1817; endorsed by TJ.

John Addison Carr (1801–37), naval officer, was the eldest son of TJ’s nephew Samuel Carr. Born in Maryland, he soon moved with his family to Albemarle County. Carr received a United States Navy midshipman’s warrant dated 1 Jan. 1818, and he was promoted to lieutenant in 1826. He served as proctor of the University of Virginia, 1831–32, but remained in the navy. At the time of his death in Albemarle County, Carr owned personal property valued in excess of $10,000, including twenty-one slaves (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 41 vols. description ends , 34:4–5; ViU: CC; ASP, Naval Affairs, 1:595; Callahan, U.S. Navy description begins Edward W. Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900, 1901, repr. 1969 description ends , 101; A Sketch of the History of the University of Virginia [1859], 13; Chapman Johnson to James Madison, 23 July 1831 [DLC: Madison Papers, Rives Collection]; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 12 May 1837; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 13:45–8; Richmond Enquirer, 12 Oct. 1838).

Index Entries

  • Carr, John Addison (TJ’s grandnephew); identified search
  • Carr, John Addison (TJ’s grandnephew); seeks naval appointment search
  • Carr, Samuel (TJ’s nephew); family of search
  • Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams; as secretary of the navy search
  • Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search