Rogersville, Ten—31st October 1808
For the first time in my life, I now take the liberty of addressing, the Cheif Majistrate of the Union—I enclose a letter from my father in law, Judge Campbell, who boasts of a personal acquaintance with you, and on the efficacy of that letter, I principally rest my hopes of obtaining all which I could expect to obtain—I take the liberty of remarking, that it is upwards of ten years since I married the daughter of Judge Campbell; during which time, (as being constantly near him) he has had every opportunity of noticing my conduct, and analysing every motive, and action—
with respect to myself, I must also, take the liberty to state, that I am contented, with my present rank in the army, as far as a just desire for advancement in life, permits of; and have been enduced to make the present application, at the particular solicitation of a few friends—
Ardently wishing you every happiness through life, I tender my most cordial salutations,
And am very respectfully Your Ob. Ser.
Thos. I. Van Dyke Captn.
7th Regt. U States Infty
[Note by TJ on verso of address sheet:]
Th:J. to Genl. Dearborne
Judge Campbell is a very good & influential man. he is the brother of Arthur Campbell & cousin of King’s mountain Campbell. of Vandyke I know nothing.
PHi: Daniel Parker Papers.