Thomas Jefferson Papers

Horace C. Story to Thomas Jefferson, 8 April 1822

From Horace C. Story

Washington City April 8th 1822.

Lieut. Story of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, presents his most respectful compliments to the Hon. Mr Jefferson, & transmits from this place the accompanying pamphlet, intrusted to his charge by the Salem East India Marine Society, of which they beg Mr Jefferson’s acceptance. Lieut. Story regrets that no more appropriate method of delivery is in his power.

RC (MaSaPEM: East India Marine Society Records); dateline at foot of text; addressed: “To The Hon. Thomas Jefferson, Late President of the United States, Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Apr. 1822 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: The East-India Marine Society of Salem ([Salem, Mass.], 1821), consisting of the society’s 3 Mar. 1801 act of incorporation, bylaws, lists of members and officers, statement of funds as of 1 Jan. 1821, and catalogues of maritime journals presented to the society and of articles, shells, and coins in its museum.

Horace Cullen Story (1792–1823), soldier and engineer, was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the younger brother of United States Supreme Court justice Joseph Story, and graduated from Harvard University in 1811. He joined the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a second lieutenant in 1814, was breveted the same year for gallantry in a sortie from Fort Erie, and rose to first lieutenant in 1818. The following year Story was stationed in Alabama to help build public works at Mobile Point. When he died in New Orleans, he was overseeing the erection of fortifications at Fort Plaquemine (Essex Institute, Historical Collections 51 [1915]: 50–1; Harvard Catalogue description begins Harvard University Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates, 1636–1925, 1925 description ends , 189; Heitman, U.S. Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1903, repr. 1994, 2 vols. description ends , 1:930; Calhoun, Papers description begins Robert L. Meriwether, W. Edwin Hemphill, Clyde N. Wilson, and others, eds., The Papers of John C. Calhoun, 1959–2003, 28 vols. description ends , 4:268, 5:368–9, 6:289–90; New Orleans Courrier de la Louisiane, 4 Aug. 1823).

The east india marine society was established in 1799 with an exclusive membership of Salem shipmasters who had sailed around the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. In the 1860s it transformed into the Peabody Academy of Science, which changed its name early in the twentieth century to the Peabody Museum of Salem (Walter Muir Whitehill, The East India Marine Society and the Peabody Museum of Salem: A Sesquicentennial History [1949]). In 1992 it merged with the Essex Institute to form the Peabody Essex Museum.

On this day Story sent the same enclosure with a similar letter to James Madison (Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 2:503–4).

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