§ From William Thornton
20 December 1810, Washington. Encloses a letter from Mr. Eccleston that arrived in the U.S. some time ago.1 Has heard rumors of a change “in the Situation of the Post Master General” and mentions that his friend Mr. Fairfax, a gentleman of integrity and “firmly attached to the Government,” would be gratified to receive the appointment.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17, filed under “Fairfax”). 1 p. On 22 Dec. 1810 Ferdinand Fairfax wrote to JM announcing that he had made arrangements to reside most of the year in Washington and would gladly accept any office JM cared to give him (ibid.; 1 p.).