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Daniel Jenifer
April 24, 1782. Letter Signed “Daniel St. Jenifer,” as a Congressional Representative for the state of Maryland, one page, 7” X 9”. April 24th, 1782. On laid paper. Reinforcing of margins on verso. Charring along left margin of page resulting in some loss of text. Slight paper loss at bottom left and right side. Fair condition with a large, bold signature.

In full, “Under the sketch of … of British property which you ret’d … office. You have have [sic] made a … remains a considerable part of … [a]bove mentioned property unsettled for … [t]he purchasers who have yet neglected … [re]fused to comply with the terms of Sale … [s]hall be obliged by your favoring me … [w]ith a list of the names and amount of … [t]he property sold annexed to it and also [t]he reason why the Terms of Sale have not been complied with. I should have been glad that you have added the dates of the sales to your returns”

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer (1723-1790) was a Maryland-born Politician as well as one of America’s Founding Fathers. The letter is dated 1782, which signifies that it was written during Jenifer’s last year a representative for Maryland in the Continental Congress. At the date of writing Jenifer was also manager of Maryland’s finances. The letter itself is concerning an issue about the terms of sale, of what ostensibly was seized British property. Jenifer himself was a prominent landholder and lived on a large plantation. The managerial and financial expertise he acquired throughout his life lent itself to the formation of strong opinions regarding the ideal role of the central government. In fact, he would argue five years later to his fellow delegates at the Constitutional Convention that a strong central government was necessary for the financial and commercial stability of the United States.

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