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Horatio G. Spafford to Thomas Jefferson, 23 November 1815

From Horatio G. Spafford

Albany, 11 Mo. 23, 1815.

Esteemed Friend—

The event which I expected, has terminated the life of my friend Dox, & vacated the office of Post Master in this City. May I now solicit thy aid in obtaining that office for me? I need some kindness very much, having a numerous family to support, & having lately lost a good deal of property. Thy aid would be very grateful to my feelings, & an intimation from thee would ensure me success. I write by this mail, to the Post Master General, & perhaps to the President. Pray have the goodness to take this into consideration, & to apprize me of thy conclusion. With very great esteem & respect, thy friend,

H. G. Spafford.

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Dec. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Dox, Peter P.; death of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and H. G. Spafford search
  • Meigs, Return Jonathan (ca.1765–1825); as postmaster general search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; and J. Madison search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; letters from search
  • Spafford, Horatio Gates; seeks appointment search