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From Thomas Jefferson to Henry Dearborn, 14 August 1802

To Henry Dearborn

Monticello Aug. 14. 1802.

Dear Sir

Having had occasion to write more fully to mr Gallatin on the appointments for the customs in Massachusets as well as other places, I beg leave to refer you to that letter which I have asked him to communicate to you, & that you & he will decide definitively what is to be done. I therefore now reinclose the sheet of capt. Crowninsheild’s letter recieved from you. it does not contain any thing relative to Prentis and Killam as you supposed, but, on the opinion you express, I would wish the latter to be appointed a Commr. of bankrupts vice Crowninsheild & Danna, and if you think the objection of Prentis’s being a member of the legislature not insuperable, let him have the other vacancy. leaving this to your judgment, I will pray you, if you so determine, to direct commissions to be filled up at the Secy. of State’s office & to be forwarded to me. as there will then be three to act, we can await an answer from old mr Story, as my letter gave him reason to expect, that the change might be his voluntary act. should he not voluntarily relinquish, I must revoke his commission: taking shame to myself for having given it, on the faith of well written letters, without any other knolege of personal character. Accept assurances of my constant & affectionate esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Secretary at War.” Recorded in SJL with notation “appmts.” Enclosure not found (see Dearborn to TJ, 10 Aug.).

WRITE MORE FULLY: see TJ’s second letter to Gallatin of this date. THREE TO ACT: TJ probably had not learned of William Burley’s decision to decline his commission (Memorandum on Appointments, 6 July).

MY LETTER: TJ to Isaac Story, 5 Aug. For Story’s WELL WRITTEN LETTERS, see Vol. 35:515–17; Vol. 36:357–9; Vol. 37:430–1; and Story to TJ, 28 July.

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