Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Mann Randolph to Thomas Jefferson, 13 February 1822

From Thomas Mann Randolph

Richmond Feby 13. 1822.

Dear Sir,

William L. Pogue Esqr of the state of Kentucky having expressed a desire to wait upon you, as he passes through your neighbourhood on his way home, I have given him this to inform you who he is; being alltogether a stranger among us. He brought me a letter from General Robert Pogue of Kentucky introducing him as his Son, whom he had sent in upon his private business, which required an investigation, only to be made by access to the old papers relating to the Bounty, pay, emoluments, subsistence, transportation and supplies of George Rogers Clarkes command in the Virginian Army of the Revolutionary War. General Pogues letter contained one from Governor Adair speaking in strong terms1 of the high title of the General himself to notice in Virginia, but he was prevented from coming by indisposition.

With very sincere attachment your &C

Th M Randolph

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Feb. 1822 and so recorded (with additional bracketed notation: “Poage”) in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with Dft of TJ to John Adams, 11 July 1824, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello By favor of William L. Pogue Esqr from Kentucky.”

William Lindsey Pogue (1794–1881), attorney and iron manufacturer, was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and attended Transylvania University in 1817. By 1826 he was an attorney in Greenup County. Three years later Pogue was among the builders and owners of the Amanda Furnace in the same county. He also served as postmaster at Amanda from 1840 to 1846. In 1850 Pogue was described as an iron manufacturer with real-estate holdings valued at $73,500. Ten years later he was listed as a lawyer in Lewis County with real estate and personal property worth a combined $8,850. By 1870 Pogue was living as a laborer with a son in the same county, and in 1880 he resided with a son-in-law in Boyd County, where he died (Robert Bell Woodworth, arr., The Descendants of Robert and John Poage [1954], 1:939, 941; Lexington, Ky., Western Monitor, 18 Apr. 1817; Clay, Papers description begins James F. Hopkins and others, eds., The Papers of Henry Clay, 1959–92, 11 vols. description ends , 5:114; William J. Comley and W. D’Eggville, Ohio: The Future Great State. Her Manufacturers [1875], 45; DNA: RG 28, RAP; DNA: RG 29, CS, Ky., Greenup Co., 1850, Lewis Co., 1860, 1870, Boyd Co., 1880).

On 2 Feb. 1822 the Virginia House of Delegates received and read the petition of robert pogue. The elder Pogue had unsuccessfully petitioned the Kentucky legislature “for so much of 101,920 acres of land, entered by general George R. Clark, in the name of the state of Virginia, as might be found to be due him on the settlement of Joseph Lindsay’s accounts.” Lindsay was Robert Pogue’s stepfather. The claim had been rejected in Kentucky because it predated its separation from Virginia, which was asked to settle the demand instead. On 12 Feb. 1822 the Virginia House ruled that its Committee of Claims could discharge the petition and return the related documents to Pogue (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia description ends [1821–22 sess.], 164, 178; Woodworth, Descendants of Robert and John Poage, 1:931).

1Manuscript: “teems.”

Index Entries

  • Adair, John search
  • Clark (Clarke), George Rogers; and Ky. land claims search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of introduction to search
  • Kentucky; legislature of search
  • Pogue, Robert; and J. Lindsay’s estate search
  • Pogue, Robert; family of search
  • Pogue, Robert; health of search
  • Pogue, Robert; petition of search
  • Pogue, Robert; praised search
  • Pogue, William Lindsey; and R. Pogue’s petition search
  • Pogue, William Lindsey; identified search
  • Pogue, William Lindsey; introduced to TJ search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); introduces W. L. Pogue search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); letters from search
  • Virginia; House of Delegates search