Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Richard Chandler, 18 November 1792

From Richard Chandler

Fort Washington Novr. 18th. 1792


When I made an application last June in Person to Genl. Knox, Secretary of War, for an appointment in our Foedral Army thare was no Vacancey but was promised the first that might happen.

My Inclination leads me to make the army my profession provided I can obtain an appointment in hops of which I shall continue in this Cantry untill Spring in order the Better to Qualify myself for the Service. Before I Left Amherst I assisted the recruiting-bissnss as much as was in my power.

I embarked with the Rifle corps from Virginia who Is now under the command of Majr. Randolph. Any service you may render me on this occasion will be thakfully recved and I hope not unwortheyly bestowed. Trusting in your favourable Sentiments of my pretentions I remain Sir Your Most Obedent & Very Humble Servent.

Richd. Chandler

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Dec. 1792 and so recorded in SJL.

Chandler received an appointment as ensign in the United States Army in May 1794, but what role, if any, TJ played in the matter is unknown (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828 description ends , i, 155–6).

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