Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Lee, 6 March 1820

Washington March 6. 1820

Respected & dear Sir,

Mr Arganil a respectable French homme de Lettres residing in Newport R.I. is anxious to procure the situation of professor of the French, Spanish & Italian languages in one of our Colleges for which I believe him eminently qualified. Thinking it possible that such a person may be wanted in the institution patronized by you I take the liberty to inclose: for your perusal two or three of his letters to me and one of his essays entitled Apet a la Raison—He writes and speaks English very well—& as far as I can judge is every way qualified for the employment he solicits—He is very poor & is unpleasantly situated in a place where frenchmen are not liked particularly if they are not rich—should there be any prospect of his success will you Sir have the goodness to write me on the subject—

With the highest veneration I have the honor to be your devoted

Wm Lee

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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