Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John C. Calhoun, 20 July 1818

To John C. Calhoun

Monticello July 20. 18.


During the last session of Congress, I took the liberty of addressing to you an application for military services during the revolutionary war, from M. Poirey, Secretary and Aid de camp to Genl. La Fayette. I saw, in the proceedings of Congress published in the public-papers, that you had been so kind as to put it under way, and that it was before a Commee of Congress. seeing nothing done on it afterwards, I presume it was laid over with the mass of unfinished business to another session. being to write to M. de la Fayette shortly I should be very happy to be able to state to him the present situation & prospect of the claim of his friend. his gratification alone could induce me to trespass on your time with a request of a line of information of what I may say to him. the same motive I hope will be my apology for this trouble, to which I add the assurance of my1 sincere respect and high consideration.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John Cook to TJ, 20 Apr. 1818; at foot of text: “John C. Calhoun esq. Secy at War”; endorsed by TJ.

According to the proceedings of congress published in the 3 Apr. 1818 Richmond Enquirer, on 28 Mar. 1818 John Rhea of the House Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims “reported a bill making provision for the claim of M. Poiroy, as secretary and aid-de-camp to Major General La Fayette; which was twice read and committed.”

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Index Entries

  • American Revolution; and Lafayette search
  • Army, U.S.; employment of foreigners in search
  • Calhoun, John Caldwell; and J. L. Poirey’s military service claims search
  • Calhoun, John Caldwell; as secretary of war search
  • Calhoun, John Caldwell; letters to search
  • Congress, U.S.; petitions to search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; and J. L. Poirey’s military service claims search
  • Poirey, Joseph Léonard; seeks compensation search
  • Revolutionary War; compensation claims search
  • Rhea, John; as U.S. representative from Tenn. search