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Thomas Jefferson letter (RLC.Ms.521)

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Scope & content

This collection consists of one letter dated July 6, 1790, from Thomas Jefferson, in his capacity as Secretary of State in President George Washington’s cabinet, to William Channing (1751-1793) of Newport, Rhode Island. Channing was elected attorney general of Rhode Island in 1777 and was appointed by President Washington as the United States attorney for Rhode Island on July 2, 1790. Enclosed with the letter was Channing’s commission for attorney for the United States in Rhode Island, signed by Washington and Jefferson on July 3, 1790. This commission is also included in this collection.