Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 23 February 1807

Feb. 23. 07.

Th: Jefferson presents his thanks to mr Giles for the suggestions of the other day as to mr Pease, as he is always thankful to his friends for any information which may enable him to do for the best. he has made enquiry as to the fact of mr Pease’s being interested in the Yazoo claim, and is assured that he is not interested a cent either directly or indirectly in that claim, nor has a connection in the world interested in it except the P.M. Genl. with whom he is connected by marriage: that he owns a small farm in Connecticut, 100. acres of wild land on L. Erie, & has not a particle of interest in any other lands in the world. he is known to Th:J. as a very honest man and qualified as a scientific one much beyond any other person who would accept the office. it requires a person of high astronomical knolege to lay off the parallels & meridians truly. he salutes mr Giles with affection & respect.


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