Thomas Jefferson Papers

Samuel J. Harrison to Thomas Jefferson, 24 January 1818

From Samuel J. Harrison

Lynchburg Jany 24–1818

Dear Sir

your much esteemed favor of the 27 ulto, enclosing president Jones’s Letter to you; was Recd in due Course. I now, agreeably to your Request enclose you back that Letter; having read it, with due Circumspection.

For this mark of Confidence, in addition to the Zeal that you have heretofore manifested for Lynchburg, on this Subject; I pray you to accept my warmest thanks—in which those Gentlemen to Whom I have Shown the enclosed Letter, desire to be included.

The prospects of Success held out in that Letter, are Certainly not Very flattering; yet, I think it is by no means impossible that we Shall be accommodated, after they have taken the Rounds with all the States.

Mr Delage, by the aid of a friend of his in Richmd, Set up a Store in this place, Some few weeks ago; but not Succeeding to his expectation, Owing to the great Competition in that business &C &C—determined to look out for better Quarters in the western, or Southern Country—He Set out with his Lady yesterday for Kentucky—from which place he expects to go to New-Orleans—and, I Suspect from thence—to South America. I wish him good luck, as although he don’t Seem to possess the faculty for making money—he So Conducted himself here, as to acquire the Esteem of all who became acquainted with him.

I am Dear Sir with the greatest Esteem Yr Devoted Hbe Servant

S J Harrison

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 6 Feb. 1818 and so recorded (with mistaken 4 Jan. 1818 date of composition) in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Bernard Peyton, 20 Mar. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Monticello”; franked; postmarked Lynchburg, 25 Jan. Enclosure: William Jones to TJ, 8 Nov. 1817.

Index Entries

  • Bank of the United States, Second; proposed Lynchburg branch search
  • banks; in Va. search
  • De Laage, A. F.; and S. J. Harrison search
  • De Laage, A. F.; as merchant search
  • De Laage, A. F.; moves to New Orleans search
  • De Laage, Madame (A. F. De Laage’s wife); moves to New Orleans search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; and A. F. De Laage search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; and proposed Lynchburg bank search
  • Harrison, Samuel Jordan; letters from search
  • Jones, William (ca.1761–1831); as president of Second Bank of the United States search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; bank in proposed search
  • Lynchburg, Va.; economy of search
  • New Orleans; immigrants to search
  • Virginia; banks in search