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