Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jared Mansfield, 8 September 1807

Cincinnati Sept. 8th. 1807


As my situation in this country, enables me to judge with some degree of correctness of whatever is connected with the landed interest of the U States, I have in consequence thereof, frequently taken the liberty of recommending candidates for the land Offices, which, I hope, will not be considered as obtrusive or impertinent.

I can now with much satisfaction, recommend for the place of Register of the New land Office, which may be established for the sales of the U. States’ lands South of the Connecticut Reserve, Mr. Maxfield Ludlow, of Hamilton County. His reputation for integrity & correct moral conduct is excellent, & his talents for business are inferior to none in these parts. Nothing relative to the landed system will be to be learned by him, who has contributed much towards the completion of the best of the public surveys, & who as an assistant to his Uncle Col. Ludlow, has been well versed in All the forms of the Register’s Office

The fitness of this Gentleman’s talents, together with his personal worth, have disignated him peculiarly for a place of public trust in the Land Offices, & it would be gratifying to his numerous friends, that the public might thus derive the Advantage of his services. Such a token of Govermental favour, would not I am confident be received more gratefully by any One, & I am sure no One would make greater exertions to merit such a distinction.

With the sincerest regard & Attachment I am Your Ob. Humle. Sert.

Jared Mansfield

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

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