Wythe to Thomas Jefferson, 15 June 1792

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George Wythe thanks Thomas Jefferson for sending him the 'Rights of Man' pamphlet by Thomas Paine. Wythe asks Jefferson to see if Robert Scot[1] would be able to make a seal for the High Court of Chancery no larger than a dollar which is around one inch in diameter. Wythe sends Benjamin West's design and tells Jefferson that he has the liberty to add to the seal anything he sees fit. The General Assembly has provided twenty five pounds for the seal to be made which will be paid once the seal is received.

"Wythe to Thomas Jefferson, 15 June 1792, pg 1." Image from the Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers.

Letter text

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G.W. to T.J.

I thank you for the 'rights of man', which you sent to me. when you have leisure, i beg the favour of you to employ mr Scott, or some other good hand, to make a seal to our court of chancery.[1] the diameter of it i would

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"Wythe to Thomas Jefferson, 15 June 1792, pg 2." Image from the Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers.

would not have more than that of a dollar. i send the design by mr West. put any part of it, or any thing else of which you more approve, on the seal. the assembly have given twenty five pounds for the work, which shall be paid on sight of

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"Wythe to Thomas Jefferson, 15 June 1792, pg 3." Image from the Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers.

of the performer’s order. i am your grateful friend, and cordial well-wisher.

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"Wythe to Thomas Jefferson, 15 June 1792, pg 4." Image from the Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers.

Mr Jefferson

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Scot, later appointed first Chief Engraver of the United States Mint by Jefferson, had previously fashioned a seal for the College of William & Mary.