Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Theophilus Harris, 1 October 1807

Philadelphia Octr. 1st. 1807


Presuming more from my attachment to the Republican cause, and my anxiety to serve a very deserving character, than from any claims of acquaintance ariseing from any intercourse which I had the honour of when at Washington, I take the liberty of addressing you a few lines respecting the office of collector of this Port. I understand Genl. Mulenburgh is no more; I presume not Sir to say who ought to fill his place. on this as well as former occasions, I have full confidence in the Executive, and I am sure I shall be pardoned the present intrusion. Among the different characters that will doubtless be brought to your view, I beg leave to draw your attention to Dr. John Porter, a member of Congress from this District; I need not inform you that he has been an undeviating republican in the worst of times, he is a man much esteemed and universally respected; he has a large family, and is dependent for their support upon a very limited practice His talents in his profession have never been doubted but his firm and uniform opposition to the designing and dangerous views of federalists on the one hand, and Demagogues and faction on the other, has considerably stood in the way of his practice; still his virtue has been unshaken and his support of principle without intermission. He has on different occasions served the republican cause to the injury of his private interests, and his standing amongst as a party is elevated and influential; and if I may be pardoned for intruding an opinion upon the present occasion I will add, that I know of no character in the State whose appointment to the office of Collector of this Port will give more real satisfaction, more materially serve the republican interest upon correct principles, more tend to Check the violence of faction, more contribute to the election of Mr Snyder for our next Governor, which with a few exceptions, we have much at heart; that will do more service to a very amiable and worthy family and be a more popular act with the people at large, than that of Dr. John Porter.

with my best wishes for your happiness I beg leave to tender you the consideration of my high respect and esteem and to assure you that I feel a pleasure in subscribing myself

Sir, your warm admirer and obedt Servt.

Theophilus Harris

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

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