From Henry Dearborn
Boston June 23d 1809
In your letter of the 16th you were good enough to mention my Son,—I was inform’d by Mr Smith my former principle Clerk that an attempt would probably be made by Pickering to injure the character of my Son as an agent for fortifications, and Mr Smith observed that he had mentioned the subject to you & that a postponement was thought advisable of his nomination as an officer in the Army, I was highly pleased with the measure, I have since prevailed on my Son to give up all ideas of going into the Army at present, and I have the satisfaction of assuring you that on a full investigation of the circumstances of the transactions on which Pickering proposed founding his complaint, I found my Son had conducted himself with strict honesty and integrity.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Honbl Thomas Jefferson esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 July 1809 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Manuscript: “may.”