Thomas Jefferson Papers

William H. Crawford to Thomas Jefferson, 22 March 1820

From William H. Crawford

Washington. 22d March 1820

Dear Sir

During my residence in Paris, I had the happiness of making the acquaintance of Mr. Labouchere, brother in law of Mr. Alexander Baring of London. His second son Mr. J. Labouchere, is now in this country on a visit and is desirous of paying his respects to you at Monticello. He is amiable and correct in his deportment, and justly esteemed by all those who have the honor of his acquaintance in this country. Any attentions which you may be able to shew, him, will add to the many obligations which have been conferred upon

Sir. Your most obt Servt

Wm H Crawford

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 14 May 1820 and so recorded (with additional parenthetical notation that it was delivered “by mr Labouchere”) in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Robert Mills, 22 June 1820, on verso; addressed: “Thos Jefferson late President of the United States Monticello.”

John Peter Labouchere (1799–1863), banker and philanthropist, was born into an extended family of prominent bankers. He began as a partner in the firm of Hope & Company in Amsterdam under his father, Pierre César Labouchère, and in 1826 he was a partner when a struggling London bank was re-formed as Williams, Deacon, Labouchere & Company. Labouchere owned an estate in Surrey, England, and a town house in London. Active in charitable and religious societies, he was the first treasurer of London’s Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street from its opening in 1852 until his death. In 1820 Labouchere visited John Quincy Adams in Washington, D.C., James Madison at Montpellier, and TJ at Monticello. He died in London (Algar Labouchere Thorold, The Life of Henry Labouchere [1913], 2, 15; John Orbell and Alison Turton, British banking: A guide to historical records [2001], 539–40; Gordon Piller, “Great Ormond Street,” Three Banks Review 84 [1969]: 33–42; E. J. T. Acaster, “Banking with the Laboucheres,” Three Banks Review 100 [1973]: 29–42; Alexander Baring to Adams, 15 Sept. 1819, Pierre César Labouchère to Adams, 20 Sept. 1819, and Adams diary, entry for 15 Feb. 1820 [all in MHi: Adams Papers]; Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 2:4, 70; London Daily News, 31 July 1863; gravestone inscription in Christ Church Churchyard, Coldharbour, Surrey, England).

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  • Baring, Alexander, first Baron Ashburton; family of search
  • Crawford, William Harris; introduces J. P. Labouchere search
  • Crawford, William Harris; letters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Labouchere, John Peter; identified search
  • Labouchere, John Peter; introduced to TJ search
  • Labouchère, Pierre César; family of search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Labouchere, John P. search