Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 19 December 1823

Monto Dec. 19. 23.

Dear Sir

Mr. Girardin, president of the college of Baltimore understanding that the office of librarian to Congress is expected to become vacant by resignn, and desirous of being placed in it, has requestd me to state to you what I know of his qualifns. he lived at Milton in this nbhood 2 or 3. y. while writing his hist. of Virga, and was during that time in great intercourse and intimacy, with my self. he is a scholar of high grade, industrious, methodical, careful, of correct morals and conduct, and particularly proficient in bibliographical knolege, an important qualifin in that office. I have thought it a duty to bear witness to what I know of him in these respects, and that I render a service even to yourself by enabling you to judge between him and other competitors for the appmt, and to give it to the worthiest as I know is your first wish. accept the assurance of my constant and high esteem & respect.


DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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