Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Maury to Thomas Jefferson, 25 September 1818

From James Maury

Liverpool 25th Sepr 1818

Dear Sir,

Should my Son Matthew happen to be near Monticello, I have desired him to pay his respects to you: this son has already been in the United States, whence he lately returned; but it has been deemed prudent for him to spend this winter there also, on account of his health. I am your obliged friend & sevt

James Maury

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 May 1819 and so recorded (with additional bracketed notation: “his son”) in SJL.

Matthew Maury (1800–77), merchant, was born in Liverpool, England, the son of TJ’s friend James Maury and grandson of his teacher, Rev. James Maury. He was educated at Eton College, entered his father’s commission business by 1815, and by 1819 had returned to the United States to secure tobacco shipments. In 1832 Maury settled permanently in New York City, where he established a mercantile firm with his brother Rutson Maury. A longtime member of the New York City Chamber of Commerce, he served as its secretary, 1849–53 (DeWint-M: Maury Family Papers; Anne Fontaine Maury, ed., Intimate Virginiana: A Century of Maury Travels by Land and Sea [1941], 6, 89–107, 319, 321; Maury’s passport application, 25 May 1864 [DNA: RG 59, PA]; New-York Times, 19 Sept. 1877).

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