Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas T. Davis, [28 August 1801]

From Thomas T. Davis

Danville Kentucky [28 Aug. 1801]


I have been informed that Mr W. Claiborn does not accept his appointment as Govenor of the Mississippi Territory: Should this be the case I would be pleased with the appointment. A Residence of thirteen years among the Western people & a frequent intercourse with every part of the Western Country enables me to form Just notions of them & their policy. Whether my character as a man authorise me to ask this or not you will be able to form some opinion from the large majorities by which I have been Elected to Congress from this State. Whether I am friendly to our Constitution or not can be decided by my Conduct since I have been in Congress. Frequent & long absences from home while attending my publick duty in Congress is disagreeable & unprofitable. Being considerably under middle life, with a growing family, my exertions are necessary for their support in some way & the practice of the Law irksome & Bar, in this Country crowded. I am with respect

your obt Sert.

Tho. T. Davis

The appointment of Colo. Jos. Crockett meets with universal approbation. Mr Fowler is Elected by a majority of near five thousand & I by a majority of 6.501.

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); mutilated, with date supplied from SJL; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Sep. and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ, in part, “to be Govr. of Missisip[i].”

TJ appointed Joseph Crockett the marshal for the district of Kentucky in June 1801 (Vol. 32:592). Davis and John Fowler had represented Kentucky in the House of Representatives since the Fifth Congress (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).

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