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To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 25 October 1809

From Thomas Jefferson

Eppington1 Oct. 25. 09

Dear Sir

I recieved at Richmond your favor covering a check on the bank of Norfolk for 743. Doll. 15. cents the balance in full of our accounts. I have learnt from P. Carr2 that under an idea that Rodney was about to resign, & on a desire expressed by mr. R. Smith to him or some other person that Wirt should be sounded, it had been found that he would accept.3 I do not know whether it was communicated to me in expectation that I should write it to you, or whether it may have communicated to you more directly.

Altho’ I repel all applications generally to recommend candidates for office yet there may be occasions where information of my own knolege of them may be useful & acceptable, & others where particular delicacies of situation may constrain me to say something. Of the latter description is the application of John Monroe (cousin of the Colonel) who in expectation that the Governor of Illinois means to resign, has sollicited my saying to you he would accept that office.4 I had formerly appointed him Atty. of the West district of Virginia. He resided at Staunton & there lost the respect of many by some irregularities which his subsequent marriage has probably put an end to. His talents I believe are respectable, without being prominent: but I really believe you know as much of him as I do, having seen him my self once or twice only, & then for short intervals. Particular circumstances oblige me to mention him, without feeling a single wish on the subject, other than that it should be given to the fittest subject, which you will do of your own motion. Ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC); FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers).

1Eppington was the Chesterfield County home of Congressman John Wayles Eppes, Jefferson’s nephew and son-in-law (Betts, Jefferson’s Garden Book, p. 60).

2Peter Carr (1770–1815) was Jefferson’s nephew. JM supervised his education while Jefferson served as U.S. minister to France. Carr attended the College of William and Mary and in 1789 visited JM in New York. He practiced law from 1793 and represented Albemarle County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1801–4 and 1807–8 (Elizabeth Dabney Coleman, “Peter Carr of Carr’s-Brook…,” Papers of the Albemarle County Historical Society, 4 [1943–44]: 5–23).

3Rodney continued to serve as attorney general until 5 Dec. 1811.

4John Monroe, a judge of the superior court of Kentucky, had requested Jefferson’s support in seeking the territorial governorship of Indiana (John Monroe to Jefferson, 1 Aug. 1809 [DLC: Jefferson Papers]).

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