Thomas Jefferson Papers

Arthur S. Brockenbrough to Thomas Jefferson, [2 June 1821]

From Arthur S. Brockenbrough

Saturday evening—[2 June 1821]

A. S. Brockenbrough presents his respects to Mr Jefferson & begs leave to introduce to his acquaintance Mr Whiston of Fredericksburg he has been up viewing the University and has a particular wish of seeing your establishment, as it will probably be the only opportunity he will ever have of seeing it, it being his intention to leave Virginia for the North in a short time

RC (CSmH: JF); partially dated at foot of text; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello” by “Mr Whiston”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 2 June 1821 delivered the following day “by mr Whiston,” but recorded in SJL as a letter of 2 Apr. 1821 received 3 June 1821.

Francis C. Whiston (ca. 1799–1878), merchant and real-estate broker, was a native of Boston. During a brief residence in Fredericksburg he owned two slaves, but by 1821 he was back in Boston conducting a commission business. From 1823–24 Whiston attended medical lectures there, and in 1826 he joined the Boylston Medical Society. He was superintendent of the Boston reformatory in 1837 and a city assessor in 1847. Whiston’s avocations included Freemasonry, in which context he was present with Lafayette at the 1825 cornerstone laying for the city’s Bunker Hill monument, and membership in its Handel and Haydn Society. In 1870 he owned real estate valued at $12,000 and personal property worth $10,000 (DNA: RG 29, CS, Mass., Boston, 1810, 1830–70, Va., Fredericksburg, 1820; Boston Columbian Centinel, 19 Dec. 1821; Some Account of the Medical School in Boston, and of the Massachusetts General Hospital [Boston, 1824], 16; Catalogue of the Boylston Medical Society of Harvard University [1907], 43, 103; Board of Managers of the Prison Discipline Society, Annual Report 12 [1837]: 69; Municipal Register, containing Rules and Orders of The City Council, and a List of the Officers of the City of Boston for 1847 [1847], 76; Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia for the year 1875 [1876], 128–9; Charles C. Perkins and John S. Dwight, History of the Handel and Haydn Society, of Boston, Massachusetts [1883–93], 1:12, 94; Boston Daily Advertister, 18 Mar. 1878).

Index Entries

  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; introduces F. C. Whiston search
  • Brockenbrough, Arthur Spicer; letters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Whiston, Francis C. search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; visitors to search
  • Whiston, Francis C.; identified search
  • Whiston, Francis C.; introduced to TJ search
  • Whiston, Francis C.; visits Monticello search