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From Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 5 May 1795

To James Monroe

Monticello May 5. 1795.

Dear Sir

Mr. Nathaniel Anderson, formerly of Richmond, but now of our county, informs me that he has a son settled or about to settle in Havre, in the mercantile line, whom he wishes to be made known to you, and to have the benefit of your countenance in his new establishment. Tho’ myself personally unacquainted with the son, I have long been much acquainted with the father whose merit affords a presumption of that of the son, and a sufficient inducement to recommend him to you. I take the liberty therefore of solliciting for him your acquaintance and patronage, that he may have the benefit of being known and noticed by you, which to a young man just entering into business, and in that country particularly will be of avail to him, and will be acknowleged by his family and friends here. I am with great esteem & attachment Dear Sir Your’s sincerely

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “James Monroe. M.P. of the U.S.”

A 21 Jan. 1795 letter from TJ to Nathaniel Anderson and 27 Mch. 1794 and 13 Mch. 1795 letters from Anderson, recorded in SJL as received 2 Apr. 1794 and 18 Mch. 1795, have not been found. Four letters exchanged by TJ and Anderson between 29 Feb. and 31 May 1796 are also missing.

According to SJL, TJ this day also wrote a missing but related letter to Delamotte, the American vice-consul at Le Havre.

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