Women In History Mystery:
The Legal History Blog reports that the Virginia Historical Society is offering a $1,000 reward to the person who best convinces them of the identity of this earl 19th century woman.
"The problem we pose for 2011–12 concerns a Thomas Jefferson letter. We do not know the answer. Perhaps it is an unsolvable mystery, but perhaps you can find an answer that makes sense. The person who submits the most cogent explanation by May 1, 2012, will receive a check for $1,000 at the annual VHS awards luncheon in July.
On January 13, 1807, President Thomas Jefferson included a cryptic comment when he wrote a letter to his treasury secretary, Albert Gallatin. The relevant passage in the president's letter reads, "The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I."
The mystery: who was the woman? "
Any Oregonian willing to venture into this? Check it out at: https://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/solve-historical-mystery-win-1k.html