State of Kentucky
Lexington Janry. 28. 1807
This will be handed you by Messrs. Henry Gest and Jesse Bledsoe; the former is a son of General Nathaniel Gest, the latter is his son in law & is an Attorney of respectability in this country—They are Gent who have been raised in this State. Their character is without spot or blemish as far as I know, or ever heard—Although they have been raised on a very rich soil, it is their wish to penetrate the bowles of the earth in sarch of unbounded riches. They are in hopes they have found a second St: Fee, and wish to apply to Congress for leave to proceed in making a trial of their new discovery.
It is reported in this country Congress have it in view to raise several New Regiments, if so Messrs. Henry Gest, and David Meade Jr. wishes to be considred as candidates for commissions in the Regiments contemplated to be raised—Mr Meade is a son of Colo. David Meade from the seat on James’s River in Virginia known by the name of Maycocks—Our Representatives from this state in Congress are well acquainted with both the young Gentlemen that offers their service
I have the honor Sir to be your most Obedt. servt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.