Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Waller Taylor, 24 November 1807

Vincennes Novr. 24th 1807.


Thos. T. Davis, one of the Judges of this Territory, died on the 15th Inst—the vacancy occasioned by which event, will, I presume, be supplied this Session of Congress. Permit me, Sir to recommend Benjamin Parke, Member of Congress from this Territory to you, as a person well qualified for the office, to succeed him. Mr. Parke is well acquainted with the laws and customs of the Territory, possesses the confidence of the greater part of the Citizens, and is a Man of great integrity and firmness. As a lawyer his standing is respectable, and as a Man, his conduct is irreproachable. His political opinions are in unison with the administration as far as I am able to judge from hearing him declare them. If Sir, you should think proper to appoint Mr. Parke one of the Judges of the Territory, I make no doubt but he will ably and faithfully discharge the duties of the office, and that it will be as pleasing to a considerable Majority of the people, as it will be to me to have him as a Colleague or associate. Excuse the trouble I give you by this letter, & Believe me to be with Sentiments of the

Highest Respect Your Obt Sert

Waller Taylor

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

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