Thomas Jefferson Papers

Samuel Smith (of Maryland) to Thomas Jefferson, 16 June 1822

From Samuel Smith (of Maryland)

Baltimore 16: June 1822

Dr sir

I had the pleasure to recieve your kind letter of the 10th Inst yesterday—Mr George Hebb is personally known to me. he is a good Democrat, of fair Character, and respectable. he is however One of those would be Politicians, to whom I would advise your Answer to be in the general, and referring to the Enquirer, he might wish by publishing to show a Correspondence with you, he is a political friend of mine, & Corresponds with me, whilst I am in Congress:

I understand by a letter from Doctor Eustis, that Mrs Dearborne demurrs to going to Lisbon, where she had formerly been with Govr Bowdoin (her former husband) if he does not accept, a letter from you to the President might be of use—or I might go to Madrid in place of Mr Forsyth who means to Come home, altho: I should not be so well pleased with Madrid as with Lisbon, our affairs with Spain are not on a pleasant footing—I cannot ask Mr Madison. a letter from him would be important

I understand by a letter from Mr Crawford that the first quarter of 1822 gives a Nett Revenue of $939.000 more than that of 1821—and the Debenters amount to less than he had Contemplated—I am Dr sir

your sincere friend

S. Smith

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 22 June 1822 and so recorded in SJL.

In this context debentures (debenters) are government bonds bearing interest (OED description begins James A. H. Murray, J. A. Simpson, E. S. C. Weiner, and others, eds., The Oxford English Dictionary, 2d ed., 1989, 20 vols. description ends ).

Index Entries

  • Bowdoin, James (1752–1811); mentioned search
  • Congress, U.S.; mentioned search
  • Crawford, William Harris; as secretary of the treasury search
  • Dearborn, Henry; as minister plenipotentiary to Portugal search
  • Dearborn, Sarah Bowdoin (James Bowdoin’s widow; Henry Dearborn’s third wife); in Lisbon search
  • Eustis, William; mentioned search
  • Forsyth, John; as minister plenipotentiary to Spain search
  • Hebb, George; S. Smith (of Md.) on search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and appointments search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and appointments search
  • Richmond Enquirer (newspaper); and “A Native of Virginia” search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); as chairman of House Ways and Means Committee search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); letters from search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); on character of G. Hebb search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); seeks diplomatic appointment search
  • Spain; and U.S. search
  • United States; and Spain search
  • United States; net revenue of search
  • “A Native of Virginia” (pseudonym); TJ’s replies to search