Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Williams, 16 April 1821

To Samuel Williams

Monticello Apr. 16. 21.


The Visitors of the University of Virginia engage mr Thomas Appleton, our Consul at Leghorn to furnish some marble capitels for the buildings they are erecting, and he has desired that the monies to be remitted to him on that account may be placed in your hands subject to his order. I have accordingly requested my correspondent in Richmond, Capt Bernard Peyton, to procure a bill of exchange on London for 1644. Dollars payabl[e] to you, and subject to the order of mr Appleton. with the bill he will forward this letter, and I have to ask the favor of you to transmit to mr Appleton the letter inclosed & addressed to him which explains to him the objects of this remittance. I pray you to accept the assurance of my great respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of right half of reused address cover of Bernard Peyton to TJ, 26 Oct. 1820; some text lost at right margin due to polygraph misalignment, with one word rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Williams”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Thomas Appleton, 16 Apr. 1821 (first letter), and enclosures. Enclosed in TJ to Peyton, 16 Apr. 1821.

Samuel Williams (ca. 1759–1841), merchant, diplomat, and banker, was born in Salem, Massachusetts. A nephew of TJ correspondent Timothy Pickering, he graduated from Harvard University in 1780. President George Washington appointed Williams consul at the port of Hamburg in 1796, and in 1797 President John Adams moved him to the consulship at London. TJ removed him from office in 1801 due to his failure to render accounts to the State Department as instructed. Williams remained in London thereafter and concentrated on building his banking business. He became a leading creditor for American merchants engaged in business abroad, acquired stock in the Bank of Scotland in 1818, and was a director of the Provincial Bank of Ireland in 1825. Williams went bankrupt in the latter year and subsequently returned to the United States. He died in Boston (Harvard Catalogue description begins Harvard University Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates, 1636–1925, 1925 description ends , 172; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 1:217, 253 [21, 22 Dec. 1796, 4, 5 Dec. 1797]; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, James P. McClure, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 44 vols. description ends , 33:673; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser., 1:357–8; London Morning Post, 2 Oct. 1818; London Examiner, 30 Jan. 1825; Aris’s Birmingham Gazette, 31 Oct. 1825; Stephen W. Williams, The Genealogy and History of the Family of Williams [1847], 329; Haverhill [Mass.] Gazette, 30 Jan. 1841).

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Thomas; and capitals for University of Virginia search
  • marble; for University of Virginia search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Board of Visitors; and construction of University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; capitals for search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; marble for search
  • Williams, Samuel (ca.1759–1841); and remittances to T. Appleton search
  • Williams, Samuel (ca.1759–1841); identified search
  • Williams, Samuel (ca.1759–1841); letters to search