Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Logan to Thomas Jefferson, 28 July 1819

From William Logan

Charleston So Carolina 28th July 1819—


In compliance with a resolve of the 76 Association, I have the honor of requesting your acceptance of Mr Condys—Oration delivered1 before that Society on2 the 5th ultimo—

I remain Sir Respectfully Your obdt: Servant
 Wm Logan
Chairman. Comte of Arrangt

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); addressed: “The Honorable Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Charleston, 2 Aug.; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Sept. 1819 from Logan for the “76. assocn” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Thomas D. Condy, An Oration, Delivered, In St. Philip’s Church, before an assemblage of the inhabitants of Charleston, South-Carolina, On the 5th Day of July, 1819; (the 4th being Sunday) In Commemoration of American Independence, by appointment of the ’76 Association (Charleston, 1819), recounting the depredations of the British against the American colonies and the ensuing Revolutionary War, which included an attack on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina and hardships for southern citizens; exulting that Americans have proved themselves “superior in arms to the proudest empire in the world” and are now “rivalling her in the arts” (p. 12); praising TJ’s efforts as president to “sustain and preserve his country’s honour,—protect our Commerce,—encourage our Manufactures, and secure our Liberties,” which have “placed us where we now are, in the plenitude of national felicity” (p. 15); boasting of American heroism in the War of 1812; and looking forward to expansion by the United States to the Pacific coast as the first step toward global peace and civilization.

William Logan (1776–1854), attorney, planter, and librarian, was born in London but moved as an infant with his family to Charleston, South Carolina. Admitted to the bar in 1797, he practiced law in Charleston until about 1804. He then spent a decade as a country planter before returning to Charleston, where he served as the librarian of the Charleston Library Society from 1815 until his death (George William Logan, A Record of The Logan Family of Charleston, South Carolina [1874], 26, 28–9; Charleston Tri-Weekly Courier, 21 Apr. 1859; Charleston City Gazette and Commercial Daily Advertiser, 23 June 1815; Charleston Mercury, 7 July 1854).

On this day Logan also sent Condy’s oration to John Quincy Adams and James Madison (DNA: RG 59, MLR; Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 1:492).

1Manuscript: “dilevered.”

2Manuscript: “on on.”

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  • Adams, John Quincy; works sent to search
  • An Oration, Delivered, In St. Philip’s Church … On the 5th Day of July, 1819 (T. D. Condy) search
  • Condy, Thomas Doughty; An Oration, Delivered, In St. Philip’s Church … On the 5th Day of July, 1819 search
  • Fourth of July; orations search
  • Great Britain; and U.S. search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books and Library; works sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Public Service; as president search
  • Logan, William; and Seventy-Six Association search
  • Logan, William; identified search
  • Logan, William; letter from search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); works sent to search
  • Revolutionary War; battles of search
  • Seventy-Six Association (Charleston, S.C.); forwards orations search
  • South Carolina; and Revolutionary War search
  • United States; and Great Britain search
  • United States; expansion of search
  • War of1812; orations supporting search