Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Hamilton, 27 February 1806

Carlisle 27 feb 1806


The friendly but imprudent Zeal of Mr. Cruse of Alexandria, to promote what he supposed my Interest, makes it necessary to trouble you with this Letter.

I hope you will do me the Justice to believe that the application which his Letter of last Post informs me he has made on my behalf is entirely without my privity or Knowledge. I had not at any moment contemplated or thought off the office he mentions.—The reference to me, can only be excused from a consideration of his commercial Habits, which caused him to overlook its Indelicacy in the case of a Judicial Appointment.

I have the Honor to be Sir Your most obed. Hum Ser

James Hamilton

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

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