Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas O’Connor to Thomas Jefferson, 11 June 1819

From Thomas O’Connor

New York June 11–1819


I take the liberty to solicit your support to the “Globe,” a monthly work of which I am the editor.

Six numbers make a volume of 384 octavo pages, 4 numbers are published and the 5th in the printers’ hands—The price is $3 each volume—

Respectfully, Sir, I am your very Obedt Servt

Thos OConnor.

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 17 June 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to David Higginbotham, 7 Nov. 1820, on verso; addressed: “Honble Thomas Jefferson Late President of the United States Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked New York, 12 June.

Thomas O’Connor (1770–1855), editor and author, was a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, who immigrated to New York in 1801 after having participated in the Irish rebellion of 1798. He joined in an attempt to establish a Catholic colony in Steuben County before moving to New York City by 1804. There O’Connor was active in the Irish community and edited a number of publications, including the War, 1812, the Military Monitor, 1812–13, the Shamrock, 1814–17, and the Globe, 1819. He also authored works on the War of 1812 and the Inquisition. From 1831 through 1838 O’Connor was listed in New York City directories as a commissioner, and he chaired a meeting that passed resolutions supporting Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren in 1835 (Guy H. McMaster, History of the Settlement of Steuben County, N.Y. [1853], 183; Catholic Historical Review 4 [1919]: 400–2; Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 1:665, 690, 697; [O’Connor], An Impartial and Correct History of the War between the United States of America, and Great Britain [New York, 1815] and The Inquisition Examined, by an Impartial Reviewer [New York, 1825]; Longworth’s New York Directory description begins Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, New York, 1796–1842 (title varies; cited by year of publication) description ends [1831]: 493; [1838]: 480; New York Working Man’s Advocate, 14 Mar. 1835; New York Evening Post, 22 Feb. 1855; gravestone inscription in the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, New York).

O’Connor sent a similar letter to James Madison on this day (Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 1:467–8).

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