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From Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Cary Nicholas, 19 October 1795

To Wilson Cary Nicholas

Monticello Oct. 19. 1795.

Dear Sir

Mr. Jefferson the bearer hereof is not entirely unknown to you I believe. He asks of me however a line of introduction. He is a candidate for the office rendered vacant by the death of Mr. Hay, and he wishes me to say to you what I know of him. He has respectable talents, is well-read in the law, and is a good republican, and a very honest man. If no fitter person offers, I need not ask your aid to him; if a fitter offers, I would not ask it, but wish you to do, as I would myself, vote for the fittest. He mentions several candidates; of course you will have considerable choice.

Colo. Burr left this two or three days ago, after a stay of one day. We do not yet hear of Mr. Randolph’s publication. I am with great esteem Dr. Sir Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi); addressed: “Wilson C. Nicholas Warren”; endorsed.

John Garland Jefferson, who according to SJL wrote a letter to TJ of 6 Oct. 1795, now missing, that was received on 14 Oct. 1795, hoped to succeed Charles HAY as clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates (Swem and Williams, Register, 41, 43).

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