Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Meriwether Lewis, 19 May 1807

Philadelphia May 19th. 1807.


This will be handed you by Mr. McKennan, the Prothonotory of Washington county Pensylvania, whom I beg leave to make known to you as a gentleman of sobriety, integrity and a sound republican in the wost of times.

The pecuniary circumstances of Mr. McKennan are but moderate, his family numerous and entirely dependant on his exertions for support: thus situated he is about to remove to the state of Ohio, and having understood that no appointments had probably been made to the offices of Register or Receiver for the new district in that state, which is now surveying and will shortly be offered for sale, he visits the seat of government with a view to solicit the appointment to one of those offices—

I have no doubt, that should it be thought expedient to confer either of those appointments on Mr. McKennan that he would discharge it’s duties with good faith to the government and reputation to himself.—

I have the honor to be with much respect Your Obt. Servt.—

Meriwether Lewis

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

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