Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 7 February 1824

Pittsburgh February 7th 1824


have addressed you letter prior to this expecting you would notice me. I having taken an active part at the Election in the year 1800 Being a printer I had some advantage as I could get a line put into Mr Greens paper at Annapolis and this step that made you President of the United States of America—I am now indisposed & shall thank you much for a few Dollars and it will be remembered

Robert Smith printer

you must know I left Philadelphia for the most pure motives I knowed that the houses of York and Lancaster [. . .] for power and was afraid that trifling circumstance might throw us in to the arms of England or some serious division of the states might take place I had an opinion your getting into be President of the U-S. would heal all parters and things would go right I can remember aftr the circumstances of the of the Revolution War and was prefect in the church Market Street Philadelphia the Sunday following that the Congress whould in a body to [. . .]: the Throne of Grace 1776 to aid the [. . .] of United States on there independance and I must say that the British fleet on Lake Ere would never would have been captured but through me and afterward I pointed out the capture of other fleet and other importan occurrances that took place through the War of 1812

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