Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from L’aine Meinadier, 24 October 1820

Salem, Massachusetts, Oct. 24. 1820


In the year 1819 I had the honour to address a letter to you requesting your friendly aid in enabling me to pursue with effect my just demands against Isaac Cushing, my former partner, who carried off a large amount of property; and I had the honor of an answer from you on the 31st August of that year. I have lately heard of the death of Cushing by the enclosed advertisement dated at Huntsville, Alabama Aug. 16th 1820.; & I have in consequence published in various newspapers the Notice which is in the inclosed paper, to which I take the liberty of calling your attention, in the hope that it may lead to something that may be advantageous to me. May I now take the liberty, Sir, as a friendless stranger in this country, and ignorant upon whom I can rely, to beg the favour of your good offices (or by means of some of your friends) in furnishing me with a letter of introduction to some professional or other confidential person in Huntsville or its vicinity to whom I could apply for assistance in my affairs. I am fully sensible of the justness of your remark to me, that the state of your health & other circumstances do not permit you to lend me the aid of personal services; & be assured, Sir, that nothing but my peculiar situation in a foreign country would induce me, to make the request which I now do: I will also add, that it is not my intention to occasion you any further trouble than the present in a case in which you can take no other interest than that which one of your benevolence will always entertain.

I have the honour to be Sir, with the highest respect your most obedt & humble Servt

Meinadier [. . .] L’ainé

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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