Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Remsen, 25 August 1801

From Henry Remsen

New York August 25th. 1801


At the request of Mr. Matthew L. Davis, I take the liberty to state certain facts & circumstances relative to his employment, conduct and character.—

When the Manhattan Company determined to employ a part of their capital in Banking operations, they appointed this gentleman to an Office in their Bank, on the recommendation of several respectable citizens. Being of good capacity and ready apprehension, he very soon after entering on the execution of the duties of the said Office, which were trust-worthy & laborious, accommodated himself to his situation, and to the present moment has performed those duties, reputably to himself and satisfactorily to the Company. His conduct in other respects has likewise entitled him to the approbation of the Company. His character among his fellow-citizens and in the institution stands fair; and I myself believe him to be a man of strict integrity.—

I have the honor to be with perfect respect, Sir Your most obt. & h’ble servt.

Henry Remsen

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “The President of the U.S.”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Sep. but recorded in SJL at 18 Sep. and connected by a brace with eight other letters, including the subscription described below, received on that date with the notation: “Davis to be Naval officer”; also endorsed by TJ: “Davis.”

For the candidacy of Matthew L. Davis as naval officer at New York, see Gallatin to TJ, 21 May.

TJ also received a subscription from New York, dated 26 Aug. 1801, and signed by Daniel Ludlow, John Broome, Brockholst Livingston, and John B. Prevost, recommending Davis as qualified to discharge the duties of naval officer. They concluded that his appointment “would be satisfactory to the Republicans” of the city (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR; in unidentified hand; at head of text: “To the President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Sep. and so recorded in SJL). Ludlow served as president; Prevost, Aaron Burr’s stepson, as secretary; and Broome and Livingston as directors of the Manhattan Company. Remsen was cashier at the bank (Longworth’s description begins Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, New York: for the Twenty-Fifth Year of American Independence, 1800; for the Twenty-Sixth Year of American Independence, 1801. description ends American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory, for the Twenty-Sixth Year of American Independence [New York, 1801], 69; Kline, Burr description begins Mary-Jo Kline, ed., Political Correspondence and Public Papers of Aaron Burr, Princeton, 1983, 2 vols. description ends , 1:180; 2:741n).

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