Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Monroe, 5 March 1801

From James Monroe

Richmond 5. March 1801.

Dear Sir

Permit me to present to yr. acquaintance the bearer Mr. Voss of Culpepper county, a young man of merit, who has expressd a wish of being personally known to you. He is a lawyer by profession, of respectable standing at the bar, and a fair prospect of becoming eminent if he pursues his profession. He intends making a visit this spring to the south, and hearing that it is proposed to adjust the boundary line between the UStates and Georgia, wishes to be employed in that service. I am not acquainted with Mr. Voss’s proficiency in the mathematicks, but am persuaded he wod. not accept the trust if he did not think himself competent to the discharge of its duties. with great respect & esteem I am Dear Sir yr. obt. servt.

Jas. Monroe

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Mch. and so recorded in SJL, where TJ noted that he received it from Robert B. Voss along with John Strode’s letter of 26 Feb.


Voss apparently anticipated either the potential negotiations with Indian tribes on the southwestern frontier or the adjustment of territorial claims between Georgia and the United States under an act of Congress of 10 May 1800 (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States… 1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 1:549–50; 2:69–70; Vol. 31:547, 549n).

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