Thomas Jefferson Papers

Asa Hazen to Thomas Jefferson, 5 June 1819

From Asa Hazen

Kingston Eeast Tennessee June 5th 1819

Dear Brother

this brother my eldest son William was Born under your Eye at Charletteville when she was pregnat with Wm walking round she saw you there in Marble I am at home in my head at twelve went to bead at twelve as well as Common at midnight on my back laying in table and water over all will Turn on my side nothing but the Vast for me Instantly I was in a bright Cloud appearently in the Center Instantly I was over gods Creation Franc the Vast span Erope Atia Africa and America in the Begining the word was god and the word was with god Alfa and omega the begining and the end a Child in the Cradle

lord what is man poor Feble man born with1 the earth at first this life a shade on light and sill moultering into A Child in the Cradle the [sall?] will the [Col?] dust weather the needle point The lion and the Lamb the Children in the Cradle the Cradle and the coffin I hav made none for me yet—Fare well Brother

Asa Hazen

Friday—Aged 21th the month 52

RC (MHi); two words illegible; at head of text: “A Child in Cradle”; addressed: “Kingston Eeast Tennessee for mer president of the united States of America Thomas Jefferson Farwell a Child in the Cradle Asa Hazen,” with “Washington City” added in an unidentified hand; stamped; postmarked Kingston, <5> 7 June 1819; endorsed by TJ as an “insane” letter from Hazen received 24 June 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

Asa Hazen (1770–ca. 1821), cabinetmaker, was baptized in Norwich, Connecticut. By 1802 he lived in Albemarle County. In 1807 Hazen advertised as a cabinetmaker in Frankfort, Kentucky. In promoting his shop in Knoxville, Tennessee, the following year, he noted he had “acquired a thorough knowledge of his business in the principal sea-ports.” By 1810 Hazen had moved to Carthage, Tennessee, where his firm of Hazen, Rice & Company advertised the sale of “saline salt.” The partnership ended later the same year (Connecticut Church Records: Norwich, First Congregational Church, 1699–1917 [1947], 158; Emma Middleton Wells, The History of Roane County Tennessee, 1801–1870 [1927], 261; Vi: RG 48, Personal Property Tax Returns, Albemarle Co., 1800–06; Frankfort Palladium, 12 Mar. 1807; Wilson’s Knoxville Gazette, 11 May 1808; Carthage Gazette, 25 May, 27 July 1810; Roane Co., marriage record of Richard McPherson and Hazen’s widow, Mary Hazen, 1822 [T]).

Hazen’s son William Cogswell Hazen was born in 1806 in Charlottesville (Wells, History of Roane County, 261). in the begining the word was god and the word was with god is a variant of the Bible, John 1.1. alfa and omega the begining and the end: Revelation 1.8, 21.6, 22.13. lord what is man: Psalms 144.3. the lion and the lamb references Isaiah 11.6.

1Word interlined in place of an uncanceled “of.”

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