Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Duncanson, 15 August 1816

To William Duncanson

Monticello Aug. 15. 16.


I recieved your favor of Aug. 5. on my return from a visit to the President, and regretted it had not come 3. or 4. days sooner, as I might have made it the subject of a conversation with him instead of a letter. I knew well the worth of the late Wm M. Dunca[n]son your uncle, his loyal principles to our republican government, & his great merit towards the city of Washington, towards the establishment of which he expended a handsome fortune; and I set a just value on the pleasures and advantages of his society. I will willingly bear testimony to his worth in a letter to the President this day, which, in the absence of all personal knolege of yourself, is the only service I can render you. Accept my best wishes for your success and the tender of my respects

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); one word faint; on verso of a reused address cover from José Corrêa da Serra to TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Wm Duncanson”; endorsed by TJ.

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  • Duncanson, William; family of search
  • Duncanson, William; letter to search
  • Duncanson, William; seeks federal appointment search
  • Duncanson, William Mayne; TJ on search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Travels; to Montpellier (Madison family estate) search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); TJ visits search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); visits Montpellier (Madison family estate) search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); J. Madison at search
  • Montpellier (Montpelier; J. Madison’s Orange Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search