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Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 20 March 1811

To Albert Gallatin

Monticello Mar. 20. 11.

Dear Sir

I send you three letters from mr Fitz, improperly sent to me, but as they may contain something worthy your notice, I forward them to you. I believe I have before informed you that he is as purely honest & inoffensive a man as lives, and well qualified as a Surveyor. he lived with me a year or two. his letter of latest date must have been extorted from his good nature.

Mrs Jones has requested that I will sollicit attention to1 her business from the Government. you know the difficulty of refusing requests from such quarters. I told the person who asked it that they might be assured of your attention without any sollicitation but that I would mention it to you, which I do merely to fulfill my word, and be able to say I have done it. Accept assurances of my constant & affectionate esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (NHi: Gallatin Papers); at foot of text: “Mr Gallatin”; endorsed by Gallatin. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: Gideon Fitz to TJ, 20 Dec. 1810, 12, 13 Feb. 1811, none found, all recorded in SJL as received from Opelousas on 19 Mar. 1811.

For more on Mary Brown Trist jones and her struggle to recover land in Louisiana, see TJ to Elizabeth Trist, 28 Feb. 1810, and Trist to TJ, 7 Mar. 1810.

1Reworked from “the attention of.”

Index Entries

  • Fitz, Gideon; letters from accounted for search
  • Gallatin, Albert; as secretary of the treasury search
  • Gallatin, Albert; letters to search
  • Tournillon, Mary Louisa Brown Trist Jones (wife successively of Hore Browse Trist, Philip Livingston Jones, and Etienne St. Julien de Tournillon); assets of seized search