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Thomas Jefferson to James Pleasants, 9 February 1812

To James Pleasants

Monticello Feb. 9. 12.

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter being directed to you in conjunction with mr Randolph & myself, I now forward it. your personal knolege of the young gentlemen will perhaps enable you to serve them, and especially your presence at the seat of appointment. I have no personal acquaintance with them, but have written to the Secretary at War inclosing a letter from Dr Turpin respecting them.  our neighborhood furnishes little matter of communication, and I go too seldom from home to collect that little. I find my neighbors expect war, approve of it & are willing to meet any taxes except the stamp-tax. I hear some wishing the whiskey tax (which every sober man will favor) could be levied solely on licenses to be issued for selling that liquor. the objection to this tho’ weighty, are not as strong as to the domiciliary searches. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (ViW: TC-JP); at foot of text: “The honble James Pleasants”; endorsed by TJ.

The inclosed letter, not recorded in SJL and not found, was from a Mr. Harrison (Pleasants to TJ, 25 Feb. 1812).

Index Entries

  • alcohol; whiskey search
  • Eustis, William; as secretary of war search
  • Great Britain; TJ on war with search
  • Harrison, Mr.; letters from accounted for search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; taxes search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; war with Great Britain search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Pleasants, James; letters to search
  • Pleasants, James; TJ forwards application to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); and Harrison’s recommendation search
  • taxes; on whiskey search
  • taxes; TJ on search
  • Turpin, Philip; recommends relatives search
  • War Department, U.S.; letters of recommendation sent to search
  • whiskey; taxes on search