Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Daniel Raymond, 15 January 1821

To Daniel Raymond

Monticello Jan. 15. 21.

Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to mr Raymond for the copy of his Thoughts on Political economy which he has been so kind as to send. retired entirely from Political concerns, he reads little now in that line: yet he rejoices to see the public attention drawn to it. no nation has ever suffered more than ours from the want of knolege in that branch of science, as the errors of our public functionaries on that subject have solely produced the revolution in property now taking place. he prays mr Raymond to accept his respectful salutations.

PoC (MHi); on verso of portion of reused address cover to TJ; dateline at foot of text; mistakenly endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Robert” Raymond and so recorded in SJL.

Daniel Raymond (1786–1849), attorney and author, was born in Connecticut and studied law under Tapping Reeve and James Gould in Litchfield. By 1814 he was a member of the Baltimore city bar, and the next year he was admitted as an attorney and counsellor-at-law of the United States circuit court there. Raymond authored Thoughts on Political Economy (Baltimore, 1820; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 12 [no. 715]), which he reprinted with variations several times over the next twenty-five years. He opposed the extension of slavery in The Missouri Question (Baltimore, 1819), and he ran unsuccessfully as an antislavery candidate from Baltimore for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1825, 1826, 1827, and 1829, and as a Whig from Allegany County in 1836. Raymond moved permanently to Cincinnati by 1842, where he published a newspaper, the Western Statesman, until the following year. He continued to practice law until his death (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; Charles Patrick Neill, Daniel Raymond: An Early Chapter in the History of Economic Theory in the United States [1897], esp. p. 14; Litchfield Law School description begins The Litchfield Law School, 1784–1833, 1900 description ends , 12; The Baltimore Directory and Register, for 1814–15 [Baltimore, 1814], 160; New-York Courier, 16 May 1815; Baltimore Genius of Universal Emancipation, 24 Sept. 1825, 16 Sept. 1826, 28 July 1827, 2 Oct. 1829; Richmond Enquirer, 20 Sept. 1836; Cincinnati Philanthropist, 10 Sept. 1842; Western Law Journal, new ser., 1 [1849]: 527–8).

As he did for John Adams, Raymond presumably had his publisher send TJ directly his Thoughts on Political Economy (Adams to Raymond, 8 Feb. 1821 [Lb in MHi: Adams Papers]).

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