Thomas Jefferson Papers

VI. Opinion of the Secretary of State, 4 March 1791

VI. Opinion of the Secretary of State

On view and consideration of the testimonies in favour of Mr. Anderson’s character, they appear to me to place it on high ground. Against this there is no testimony but that of Mr. Jaquet, which being contradicted by his own former testimony and by the person who committed it to writing, and who seems to have been made acquainted by the subject of it, I should estimate it at nothing, and certainly as not sufficient to oppose the whole current of evidence which has been produced in favour of Mr. Anderson.

Th: Jefferson
Mar. 4. 1791.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); endorsed by Lear: “The Secy of State on the Case of Majr. Anderson March 4th. 1791.” PrC (DLC). Tr (DNA: RG 59, SDC). For comment on entries in SJPL, see Editorial Note.

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