To Albert Gallatin
Monticello Mar. 16. 17.
This will be handed to you by mr William C. Preston a young gentleman of this state, either son, or nephew (I know not which) to the gentleman of that name with whom you served in Congress about 1792. I do not know him personelly, but learn from those who do, and in whom I have confidence, that he is of excellent talents, and perfect integrity. his standing in this state is high, and he will probably become prominent. judging from my own experience when in your situation, I think I serve you in making known to you when those who present themselves to you are worthy of your notice and patronage. I believe this gentleman to be so. I am glad by him to repeat to you the assurances of my constant friendship and respect.
RC (ViW: Robert Morton Hughes Collection); addressed (one word editorially corrected): “His Excellency Albert Gallatin Min. Pleny of the US. of Ameri[c]a Paris favored by mr Preston.” PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Recorded in SJL as carried by Preston. Enclosed in TJ to Bernard Peyton, 16 Mar. 1817.
Francis Preston, the father of William C. Preston, served in the United States House of Representatives, 1793–97. Gallatin sat in the House from 1795 until 1801.