Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Milledge, 25 November 1802

From John Milledge

Louisville 25th November 1802.


The news papers having announced, that Mr. King has resigned his appointment as minister for the united States, at the court of London—I take the liberty to bring to your view my particular friend—Elijah Clarke esqr. who you are personally acquainted with, as Secretary to the Legation that succeeds Mr. King—If correct morals, soundness in the Principles of the administration and a Classical education, are good grounds for recommendation, they are all to be found in Mr. Clarke.—

I am with sentiments of high respect, Your Mo Obt. Sevt.

Jno Milledge

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 10 Dec. and “Clarke Elijah to be Secy. of legn. London” and so recorded in SJL.

By early October 1802, newspapers announced Rufus King’s resignation (New York American Citizen, 6 Oct. 1802).

Recommended to TJ by Josiah Tattnall, Jr., in a letter of 25 Aug. 1801, elijah clarke traveled with Milledge to Monticello and Edgehill in April 1802 (Vol. 35:144; Vol. 37:329–30).

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