Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Buckner Thruston, 26 January 1808

Washington January 26th. 1808.


Having understood that most of the Representation from the State of Kentucky, have recommended Mr. Parke as a fit Person to fill the Vacancy occasioned by the Death of Mr. Davis, in the territorial Court of Indiana, I beg Leave to add my Testimony to theirs of the personal Merit & qualifications of this gentleman.

I have known Mr. Parke for (I think) 10 or 12 years, have witnessed his Course of legal Education in Lexington where I resided, and doubt not from his knowledge in his Profession, his Probity & general Demeanor, but that he would give Satisfaction to the United States & to his Territory in Particular as a Judge.

I confine myself to these personal Considerations only, not being informed nor presuming to judge of, any local policy which may have Relation to influence an appointment of this Sort.

I have the Honor to be Sir, with the highest Respect Your obt. Servt

B: Thruston

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

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