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AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM DANIEL OF - Jenifer, Daniel of St. Thomas - 1767. [1278505]
Annapolis. Nov. 8, 1767. - [1]p., docketed on verso. Quarto. Two conjoined leaves inlaid in a frame of later paper as one leaf. Light soiling. Paper loss from wax seal, not affecting text. Later manuscript notes on verso. Good. In a blue half morocco and cloth clamshell case, spine gilt. Maryland Founding Father Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer writes to James Christie, a Maryland merchant, regarding Christie's debts and Jenifer's inability to relieve him of them. Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer was a Maryland planter, merchant, and politician, and a signer of the Constitution of the United States. He was in charge of the state's finances from 1782 to 1785, and seems to have been a very successful businessman. James Christie was likewise a successful Maryland merchant, who ended up on the other side of the political fence, expelled and banished from Maryland in 1775 for his Loyalist sympathies. At the time this letter was written, he appears to have been in London on business. Jenifer's letter, along with expressed regrets and some news on the tobacco crop, sends money. It reads: "Dear Sir, Your favor of the 23d of May I received & wish with all my heart it was in my power to contribute towards remittances from your debtors. All that I can do shall be done, but I am so much confined to this place that I have not time to go out. Your brother tells me that he expects to collect a considerable sum this fall. I have desired him to sue every one without respect to persons that do not pay. There will not be more than half crops this year made in Virga. & Maryland and it is expected that [tobacco] will sell for 21/[?] next year. Inclosed you have Robert Peters [?] on Mr. Glassford £26 & Nichs. Brewer on Jona. Forward & Co. £5, which apply to the company accts."
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