Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Cabell, 17 March 1796

From William Cabell

Amherst March 17th. 1796.


Doctor Robert H. Rose son of Colo. Hugh Rose deceased and Mr. John Rose son of Mr. Charles Rose having signified to me their intention of going to the S. Western territory, with a view of residing there, and also a wish of obtaining from you letters of introduction to gentlemen of your acquaintance in that quarter, I take the liberty of writing you a few lines on the occasion. I have been long acquainted with both of the young gentlemen. They have made so considerable a progress in science, are of such amiable characters, and possess in so eminent a degree the powers of being useful and agreeable members of society, that I venture to say they will be found every way deserving of all the respect and consideration which may be shewn them by the judicious of any community. Any services which you may render them by way of letters, will be considered as an obligation conferred on Sir, Yr. Obt. Servant.

William Cabell

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Mch. 1796 and so recorded in SJL.

SJL records a missing letter from Cabell to TJ of 2 May 1795, recorded as received 5 May 1795, and missing letters from TJ to Cabell of 18 May 1795 and 8 Oct. 1796. A 17 May 1795 letter from TJ to John Rose and a 17 Mch. 1796 letter from Robert H. Rose to TJ, received from Geddes on 19 Mch. 1796, are also recorded in SJL but have not been found.

According to SJL, a missing letter to TJ of 18 Mch. 1796 from Cabell’s youngest brother, Nicholas Cabell, was received 19 Mch. 1796 from Liberty Hall (Alexander Brown, The Cabells and their Kin: A Memorial Volume of History, Biography, and Genealogy [Boston, 1895], 72).

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