Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Jefferson McLain, 21 February 1820

21st Feby 1820

Honrd Sir

By the advice of my democratic friend I make free to adress these few lines to you to let you know my situation & what my family and name is. my Father was a Laz B McLain son of the Old Patriot James McLain who assisted in Making our present constitution &c and at the time our County was divided my father was appointed Prothonotary &c &c of the County and on account of his firm attachment to the republican cause was wronged out of measure & put out of office by a set of designing federalists who always held him at an ill will on account of his forwardness in the Republican cause however he was commissioned as a Justice of the peace & held his commission for about twenty years till his decease which was on the 28th of March last, he left a widow & five sons (to lament his decease) James, John G MLain, Laz B Thomas Jefferson & David Bard. he left a considerable property in land but the times here are so hard, that there is no money can be raised out of Personal Estates & I have heard of some good opportunities of getting in to partnership in the tanning business and learning the trade, and drawing half the income If I could raise about five or six hundred Dollars and I have heard such favourable accounts of your Principals that I flatter myself that you will consider, & own me as your namesake as I was calld for you Immediately after you took the precedential chair and my expectations is that if you would be so charitable as for to accomodate me with the above sum that perhaps in the course of a few years I could return you your money with Gratitude &c &c Sir if you think the foregoing worthy of your notice, or me worthy of being considered as your namesake you will please to write a few lines to me in order to let me know what you think of the affair, you may if you please direct your lines to the Williamsburg Post Office Huntingdon County Pennsylvania & if I have made to free on account of my name I would desire to be excused and at the same time will

Remain your Humble Servt

Thomas Jefferson McLain

NB you will confer a favor by writing answer whether the affair correspond with your wishes or not

Thos Jefferson McLain

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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