Monto Mar. 24. 24.
I learn with real from your favor of the 10th that you are still unsuccesful in your endeavors to better your situation. but grief where there is no power to relieve. had I that power it should certainly be exercised . You request me to give you a certificate specifying that when I nominated you to the Senate when your appmt took place I intended, that your salary should commence from the date of your commn but this I cannot certify with truth, because at the time I had no thought on the subject. having the commission, my office was performed, every thing respecting compensn was of course left to the law and to those to whom assigned to draw my attention to that subject I could not then have in my mind any intention respecting it. again you wish me to give it as ‘my opinion that you ought to be offered the same outfit and allowance to pay your expences home and for clerk hire, stationery, extra service &c. as has been allowed to others.’ but, dear Sir, can I with any propriety or decency obtrude my opn on the officers establd by to decide these questions and to whom I have no authority to offer opn or advice? they might justly treat it as impertinent interference in matters with which thing to do, equally assuming on my part and disrespectful to them. you must be so kind than, good Sir, as to excuse my stepping beyond the line of my respect for the officers of govmt, and with my sincere regrets that your case is beyond the reach of any good offices which I can render to remain assured of my real esteem & sympathy
P. S. I return your papers as they may be useful to you on some other occn
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.