Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Taggart, 25 December 1812

To John Taggart

Monticello Dec. 25. 12.


On my return from a journey after an absence of between 5. & 6 weeks, I find here your favor of Nov. 20. and willingly comply with your wishes on behalf of your son. altho’ I think nothing can be wanting in addition to such recommendations as those from Capt Jones, messrs Biddle Patterson Dr Rush Etc. yet my confidence in their recommendations of your son as well as in that1 of yourself shall be immediately expressed in a letter to the Secretary of the Navy. to repair the loss of time already incurred, this shall be sent direct to Washington, and if it can have any weight in serving or gratifying you it will add to the pleasure with which I tender you the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr John Taggart”; endorsed by TJ.

For Taggart’s favor of 20 Nov. 1812, see TJ to Paul Hamilton, 25 Dec. 1812.

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Biddle, Nicholas; and naval position for F. B. Taggart search
  • Hamilton, Paul (1762–1816); and patronage recommendations search
  • Jones, William (1760–1831); and naval position for F. B. Taggart search
  • Patterson, Robert; and naval position for F. B. Taggart search
  • Rush, Richard; and naval position for F. B. Taggart search
  • Taggart, F. B.; seeks naval appointment search
  • Taggart, John; and appointment for son search
  • Taggart, John; letters to search