Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elijah Brown, 28 April 1806

Colo. Burrus’ Amherst Cy.
28th April 1806


I live in South Carolina Pendleton Distrt but am here on a visit to Se the Family of Capt. Benja. Rucker—whose Daughter I married—when a refugee—at Lynchburgh when & Where I once had the pleasure of seing you Shortly after the British Legion made Their Descent on Charlottsville.—I am likewise the person who had the Honor to address and receive an answer from you to the people of the 16th Regt—in that Country I have had the Honor to be a Representative to the State Legislature—and among others my name is now incorpoarted & circulated as a candidate for Congress at the next Election—Shold I be Elected nothing will give me more real Satisfaction then to se you—and withall to aid in Supporting that kind of Goverment in which you have so Long Labored to the advantage & Interest of the People of these United States—it was my intention on leaving home to have seen you at Monticello but the Length of your Session, together with the necessity of my speedy return to my family induces me now to decline it—our Regiment had on your last Election forwarded a second address to you (highly approbating the Many Salutary Measures you had taken to promote their common Interest—but the Uncertainty & I fear too the Corruption of Post riders & PM—that this last Essay never reached you—When speaking of Political Affairs it gives me great pain that I cannot speak in commendation of my Native Country—S. Carolina—the Constitution and the Laws bears hard and heavy on the Inhabitants and I can confidently assert that there is no people in Europe or America Suffer so much as do the Citizens of our State—We have Petitiond & remonstrated time after time to no purpose and all hope for obtainng redress in a Constitutional way is at an end—And it appears unless Congress can or will Interpose in this Momentious affair that an Appeal to Voilent Measures will ensue for the certainty of which I refer you to any gentleman of that St[ate] for confirmation in the premisses—I have named my Last Son Federic B Trenck in Honor & commemoration of that Unfortunate Gentleman. having read his History also that of Benniowsky the Spirit of Despotism Brown on Equality &C &C makes me hate the verry face of a Tyrant and will give you a further Specimen of my Disposition & am Sire yours Truly

E. Brown

I had certain reasons for the Preamble to this letter. You may remember Baron Trenck gave reasons when speaking of himself on similar occasion.


I Lament verry much the Deaths of the Old & Great Patriot General Jackson. Adieu & Excuse much haste & inacuracy.

E. Browne

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