Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Patterson, 13 January 1820

Mint of U.S. Jan’y, 13, ’20


In one of this morning’s papers, [the Aurora] I observe the copy of a letter from you to Mr. Neville of Pittsburgh “respecting the medals given by Congress to certain officers”…Now, Sir, as on this subject I can communicate all the information which it is probable may be required, I beg leave to inform you—That while Mr Burr was vice President of the U. States, he brought to the Mint a pair of dies, for medals commemorative of General Gates’ capture of Burgoine; with which, at his request, Mr Eckfeldt, now chief coiner, struck & delivered to him, twelve silver, & a number of tin medals. The dies were left in the custody of Mr Eckfeldt: They are still in good preservation, & ready to be delivered to any person authorized to receive them.

I have the honour to be, Sir, with the greatest esteem, your most obedt Servt

R. Patterson

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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