Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Gelston, 22 November 1802

From David Gelston

New York Novr. 22d. 1802.


Your letter of the 12th instant with its enclosure I have had the honor to receive.

Many of the circumstances related in the anonymous communication are within my knowlege—the Gentleman therein mentioned I am acquainted with, and tho’ I feel disposed to render him all the assistance in my power, I do not think it would be prudent in me to appoint him to a more important office.—

I am, Sir, very respectfully, your most obedient Servt.

David Gelston

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.

gentleman therein mentioned: Walter Bicker, a weigher in the surveyor’s office at the New York custom house (TJ to Gelston, 12 Nov.).

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