Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Pierce Butler, [17 August 1793]

From Pierce Butler

Saturday Morning [17 Aug. 1793]

Dear Sir

Permitt me to ask You to run Your Eye over the enclosed; and to tell me if the Post mention’d therein is likely to be Establishd. Tho’ the present are not the times for me, or a person of my political sentiments, to be under personal Obligations, Yet it is a duty I owe to the State I represent not to let the Applications of any of it’s Citizens sink with me. I shall make them known, whenever they are forwarded to me, in such a way as neither to subject myself to Any Mortification by Refusal, nor to A personal Obligation by granting them. I have the honor to be with Sentiments of sincere Regard and Esteem Dear Sir Yr. Most Obedt. Servt:

P Butler

RC (DLC); partially dated; addressed: “Honble Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Aug. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

A letter from Butler to TJ of 1 Mch. 1793, recorded in SJL as received 5 Mch. 1793, has not been found.

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