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Thomas Jefferson to John Strode, 13 July 1813

To John Strode

Monticello July 13. 1813.

Dear Sir

I duly recieved your favor of June 25th. I had before heard of the unfortunate turn of your affairs, but did not know your losses had been so entire as to leave you wholly dependant on your personal industry and at this age. it is a consolation that you have always possessed the resources of talent, industry, & integrity, and that at your age you have still health to use them efficiently in any business. I have seen the day when, if offered, they would have been gladly engaged in something for the public good; and knowing that the Executives of the Union & of the State have equal anxieties to have the public trusts ably and faithfully discharged, I have taken the liberty, in my own name, & without your authority, to indicate to them, when they shall be at a loss for a faithful agent, (as I have often been) where they may seek one whose qualifications they both personally know. I sincerely wish such an occasion may occur for your comfortable situation as well as for the public benefit; being ever with particular esteem & respect

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “John Strode esq.”; endorsed by TJ.

TJ wrote this day on Strode’s behalf to President James Madison and Governor James Barbour, the executives of the union & of the state.

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  • Barbour, James; and appointments search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Madison, James; and appointments search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Strode, John; and public appointment search
  • Strode, John; letters to search
  • Strode, John; poverty of search