Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Gillespie, 3 March 1806

Washington County March 3d 1806

Dr Sir

I am under the Necessity of Dropping a Line to your Excellency for information on a subject to me of Singular Importance.—I had a brother who Left this Country in December 1803—& went to New Orleans from thence I am inform’d, went on Board of a Merchant ship bound for Liverpool in England—there was Impress’d by the British on Board of a Man of war & put in Irons & by his Letter to us after his Arrivel in america some time last spring stated that he threw himself over Board & made to an American Vessel than in the same Harbour—When he wrote to his father Last spring, he Expected to be home in two months, at about the Expiration of the two months he wrote to his father from Pittsburgh in Allegany County that he was than going on to [Postoiment?] with a Comrade Whom he Call’d Ewing—& both Employ’d by some departmant of the United States to teach the Indians to farm but did not Inform us of his farthest plan of destinantion so that we are unable to hear any more of him—

My Most Anxious Wish is that your Excellency wou’d Acquaint Me by a line as Speadily as Convinient in what department he has been Employ’d if Employ’d at all his salary & his place of Destination—as we have received no account from him since he left Pittsburgh we begin to think he may be dead—Your Particular attention to these few lines shall be thankfully acknoledg’d by a firm republican as his knoledge directs & with Esteem

I have the honour to Subscribe myself your Freind & Humble Servant

Thomas Gillespie

NB. When you write direct to West Middle Town Pennsylvania.

T. G.

PHi: Daniel Parker Papers.

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