Jany. 3d 1806
I return the Charleston recommendations. In a conversation with General Sumpter respecting the qualifications of the four persons named, it appeared to me that he considered Simeon Theus and Paul Hamilton as the best qualified, and that it was believed that neither Mr Hamilton nor Mr Freneau would accept. He seems to give a decided preference to Mr. Theus, and assured me that the other gentlemen coincided with him. He is now cashier of the State Bank, and was the State Commissr. to adjust the accounts of the State with the United States, has a high standing in the State both for talents & integrity. I think that we may take him without hesitation; and as a change must take place, the sooner the better.
With great respect Your obedt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.