Monto Sep. 30. 24
I believe, Sir, that neither you nor myself have done anything blameable in the transaction which is the subject of your lre of the 21st in applying for the office in question the will of the father, the son and family was surely a full justificn for you. a request from an antient and friend to interest myself for Dr Patterson the son, who was at the same time son in law of that friend, my answer was that his son in law, and the son of my antt friend Dr Patterson had a right to any service I could render, and I accdly wrote to the President in his behalf. I never doubted, but I was in concurrence with the wishes of the family, until the informn given me in your letter. I now learn that acting, under a misconception, and believing I was serving them, I was in fact . however all has ended to their wish and I hope that my motives will be indulged as a set-off agt the error of my counteraction. I had too sincere and affectionate esteem for the late Dr Patterson a friend I believe of the date of independce, to have acted against his wishes on any occasion. with this assurance be pleased to accept that of my high respect & consideration
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.