Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Philip R. Thompson, 10 September 1803

From Philip R. Thompson

Culpeper Sept. 10th. 1803


My friend Doct. James W. Wallace having occasion to go to Charlottesville, I do myself the honor to mention him to you as a gentleman of great private worth and professional ability—I have taken the liberty to advice him to avail himself of this opportunity to make his respects to you at Montecello.—

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir, Yr mo: Obt and most humble Sert

Phil: R: Thompson

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Sep. and “Wallace Dr. James for N. Orleans” and so recorded in SJL.

Philip Rootes Thompson (1766-1837), a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a practicing lawyer, was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for Culpeper County from 1793 to 1796 and for Kanawha County in 1818. A Republican, he was elected to the Seventh through the Ninth Congresses. On 10 Feb. 1803, he introduced a bill on the governance of the District of Columbia. He was a member of the committee of correspondence for the newly formed American Board of Agriculture (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619-January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, Richmond, 1978 description ends , xxvii, 191, 195, 199, 203, 294; Albany Register, 8 Mch. 1803; Vol. 36:33n).

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