Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Leslie, 31 July 1801

From Robert Leslie

Philadelphia July 31st 1801


This will be handed you by Adam Gordon Esqr, a gentleman I have been intimately acquainted with ever Since my return from London. he expects to establish himself at the Natches, in the Messisipi Terretory, and would be hapy in rendering the government any Services in his power, he has been informed that there are appointments shortly to be made in that Territory, for which I have no doubt he will be found quallify’d,

I am confident that my situation does not, by any means, intitle me, to take the liberty of recommending a Friend to your patronage, but Mr Gordon informs me, that he can refer to Mr Sprigg, member of Congress, to whom he is well known. or to Mr Dent, whome he has no doubt will furnish such recommendations as will be Satesfactory.

I am Sir with the greates respect. your very Humble Servent

Robert Leslie

RC (MHi); at head of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from “Leslie Robt. (decd)” received 9 Nov. 1805 “by mr Gordon” and so recorded in SJL.

Adam Gordon was probably the person of that name admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1794 and listed in the city directory as residing at 128 South Second St. in 1801 (John Hill Martin, Martin’s Bench and Bar of Philadelphia [Philadelphia, 1883], 272; Stafford, Philadelphia Directory, for 1801, 53).

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