Thomas Jefferson Papers

John C. Calhoun to Thomas Jefferson, 20 March 1819

From John C. Calhoun

War Dept 20th March 1819

Dear Sir,

The Statement of Mr Hagner of the amount due to M. Poiry, and Such of the documents as he requested to be returned to him are herewith enclosed. If it is the wish of M. Poiry, that the amount may be paid to you, by transmitting evidence of it to this Department, it will be paid to you, as his agent. A formal power of attorney will not be necessary. A request in the form of a letter for you to receive or transmit it to him will be sufficient;1 or if he omitted to make such a request, and you should think proper, to receive, what is due to him in our account, it can be paid to you, and his receipt or power to receive it, be hereafter obtained.

I hope your health is entirely restored. Your indisposition has strongly evinced the deep hold which you have on the Sympathy of your country.2 To Your friends, it was the Source of great satisfaction, to observe, that all party animosity towards You had Subsided into respect & esteem for your great and illustrious Services. That the continuance of Your life may long afford our country an opportunity to express these sentiments towards you, is my most ardent desire.

With Sentiment of Respect & Esteem I have &a

J. C. Calhoun

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC: left half of address cover only (MHi), with PoC of TJ to William Short, [29] June 1819, on recto and verso; right half of address cover only (MHi), with PoC of TJ to John Vaughan, 29 June 1819, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Washington, 22 Mar.

Although the enclosed statement of Treasury Department auditor Peter Hagner has not been found, the amount due Joseph Léonard Poirey for his Revolutionary War service was ultimately set at $3,486 (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, 1845–67, 8 vols. description ends , 3:561). For the other documents covered by this letter, see TJ to Calhoun, 31 Dec. 1817, and note.

1Manuscript: “suffient.”

2Manuscript: “county,” here and below.

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