Thomas Jefferson Papers

Robert Lovett to Thomas Jefferson, 12 August 1819

From Robert Lovett

Philada Aug. 12th 1819

Dear sir

I was employed by Dr Cooper of this City to engrave the enclosed seal, with directions that when finished I should forward to you an impression,—Any improvement or alteration you may suggest I will execute with pleasure

Dr Cooper also requested me to mention the price, it will be $16, which he will pay if the seal meets your1 approbation   very respectfully

Your Obedient Servant

Robert Lovett

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 26 Sept. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Joseph Delaplaine, 29 Jan. 1821, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esq. Bedford, Va.”; redirected in an unidentified hand to “Charlottesville”; stamp canceled; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 12 Aug., and (faint) Lynchburg, 2[ ] Sept. Enclosure not found.

Robert Lovett (1795–1874), engraver, was born in New York City and served in the New York militia during the War of 1812. By 1817 he was working in Philadelphia as a stone-seal engraver. About 1824 he moved back to New York, where he engraved seals and dies for medals and became active in the American Institute of the City of New York. In the 1870 census Lovett listed no real estate and personal property worth $1,000. He died in New York (War of 1812 payroll abstracts [N-Ar]; Groce and Wallace, Dictionary of Artists description begins George C. Groce and David H. Wallace, The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564–1860, 1957 description ends , 405; David T. Alexander, “Lovett & Sons: Prolific Work from a Dynasty of American Medalists,” Coinage [Aug. 2010]: 36–8, 48–50; Philadelphia Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser, 4 Dec. 1817; Robert Desilver, The Philadelphia Directory, for 1824 [Philadelphia, (1824)]; 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 [1824]: 277; New-York Spectator, 8 June 1842; Cultivator, 3d ser., 3 [1855]: 216; DNA: RG 29, CS, N.Y., New York, 1870; New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 6 [1875]: 112; New York Co. Surrogate Court Record of Wills, 214:478–87).

1Manuscript: “you.”

Index Entries

  • Cooper, Thomas (1759–1839); and seal for University of Virginia search
  • Lovett, Robert; as engraver search
  • Lovett, Robert; identified search
  • Lovett, Robert; letter from search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; seal of search