Thomas Jefferson Papers

“A Man of Years & A Citizen” to Thomas Jefferson, [received 14 September 1813]

From “A Man of Years & A Citizen”

[received 14 Sept. 1813]


thou wert wise in thy Administration:—thou didst Reward thy Officers generally,—but this unpresuming Young man, thou did cruelly overlook.—Use thy unfluence to do him essential Service.—thou art rich,—he is poor and deserving, and in disgust I am afraid will soon throw up his commission.—Be humane & generous as thy nature I know will prompt.

A man of Years & a Citizen

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 199:35443); undated; endorsed by TJ as an “Anonymous” letter covering an “Address of Capt Jas B. Wilkinson,” received 14 Sept. 1813 and so recorded in SJL. The printed enclosure, not found, was addressed to the citizens of Mobile and dated 4 July 1813 (Bulletin of the Bureau of Rolls and Library of the Department of State 10 [1903]: 35).

United States Army captain James Biddle Wilkinson, a son of General James Wilkinson, was probably the unpresuming young man mentioned above. He was still in the service when he died in Louisiana a week before TJ received this letter (New York National Advocate, 25 Oct. 1813; Heitman, U.S. Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1903, 2 vols. description ends , 1:1037).

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  • anonymous correspondence; letters from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; anonymous letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Mobile, W. Fla. (later Ala.); address to citizens of search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Wilkinson, James Biddle; address to citizens of Mobile search
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