Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Stephen Thorn, 25 January 1805

Albany January 25th. 1805.

Respected Sir

Some time last spring while the Legislature of this state were in session, I received a letter from a friend of mine (Genl Thomas a member of Congress,) informing he had mentioned me to you as a proper person to be appointed a Commissioner under the treaty with Spain—I shewed his letter to Judge Spencer, Chief Justice Lewis (now Gov) and Judge Tredwell who forwarded a letter recommendatory to you on the subject—As respects the first Application it was without my solicitation, yet must confess the appointment would not only be agreeable, but highly Acceptable, as I have some pecuniary business in Europe which Ultimately may call me to France—As to my qualifications other than having a knowledge of the French and a smattering of the Spanish Language, Messrs. Thomas, Lyon or Olin can inform,—   In Addressing you, being a stranger, it may not be improper to mention, that at present I hold a seat in the Senate of this State, and also on the Bench of Common pleas.—

I am respected Sir, your most Obedient, and most humbl Servt

Stepn Thorn

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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