Thomas Jefferson Papers

Binney & Ludlow to Thomas Jefferson, 24 January 1820

From Binney & Ludlow

Boston January 24. 1820


By the Brig Mercury from Marseilles we receiv’d a Cask said to contain Garden Seeds for you although we receiv’d no Bill of Lading or Letters on the subject—

The original marks & address on the Cask when shipp’d are so much disfigur’d as not to be legible but we understood from the Captain the Package was for you & put on board by messrs Hews & Fettyplace of Marseilles & sent to our charge.1 we have accordingly waited some time in expectation of receiving some directions relative to it but as we have not unless otherwise directed we shall ship it by the first opportunity to Virginia—

We are very respectfully Yr mo obdt

Binney & Ludlow

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Feb. 1820 and so recorded in SJL.

Binney & Ludlow was a Boston mercantile partnership consisting of John Binney (1780–1838) and Robert Crommelin Ludlow (1787–1826). It operated between 1816 and 1821. Binney was born in Hull, Massachusetts, and moved as a young man to Boston, where he was active in a private artillery company. He joined the United States Army as an infantry captain in 1808. Binney commanded forts in and around Wicasset in the Maine district of Massachusetts for five years before being deployed with his unit to Burlington, Vermont, and seeing combat in several skirmishes during the War of 1812. He resigned from the army in 1814, returned permanently to Boston, and worked as a merchant and shipowner. Binney was the founder and president of both the North Bank and the Granite Bank, and the organizer and president of the Tremont Insurance Company. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1831 and was a Boston alderman, 1831–33. Ludlow was born in Warwick, New York, and moved in 1812 to Charlestown, Massachusetts, and then to Boston. He was a purser in the United States Navy in 1812, serving on the USS Constitution and the USS Independence. Ludlow died in New York state (Oliver Ayer Roberts, History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts now called The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. 1637–1888 [1895–1901], 2:313; MHi: Binney Family Papers; Robert Ludlow Fowler, Our Predecessors and Their Descendants [1888], 49–50; Amos Gerald Hull, A Tribute to the Memory of James A. Powell [(1829)], 129–31; Fowler, “The ‘Chesapeake’ and Lieutenant Ludlow,” Magazine of American History 25 [1891]: 269–92, esp. 288–9; Heitman, U.S. Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1903, repr. 1994, 2 vols. description ends , 1:219; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:89, 91, 250, 258 [8, 12 Dec. 1808, 13, 25 Apr. 1812]; DNA: RG 29, CS, Maine, Wicasset, 1810, Mass., Boston, 1820; Callahan, U.S. Navy description begins Edward W. Callahan, List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900, 1901, repr. 1969 description ends , 341; Documents relative to the Investigation, By Order of the Secretary of the Navy, of the Official Conduct of Amos Binney, United States Navy Agent at Boston [Boston, 1822], 123–7; New-York Evening Post, 18 May 1826; Resolves of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts … Commencing May, 1828, and Ending June, 1831 [1831], 574; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 23 Apr. 1838; Binney’s gravestone inscription in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.).

hews & fettyplace: Hughes & Fettyplace.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

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