Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 25 April 1801

To Archibald Stuart

Monticello Apr. 25. 1801.

Dear Sir

I wrote on the 8th. inst. to ask your recommendation of an Attorney & Marshall for the Western district of this state, but I learn you were absent on your circuit. on the enquiry I have been able to make, I have appointed mr John Monroe Attorney. but I cannot decide between Andrew Alexander, John Alexander, & John Caruthers, recommended by different persons for the Marshall’s office. pray write me your opinion, which appointment would be most respected by the public, for that circumstance is not only generally the best criterion of what is best, but the public respect can alone give strength to the government. I set out tomorrow to take up my residence in Washington where I shall hope to recieve a letter from you. accept assurances of my sincere esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViHi); at foot of text: “Honble Arch. Stuart.” PrC (DLC).

On your circuit: Stuart was a judge of the General Court of Virginia (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ).

In June TJ selected John Caruthers for the marshal’s position, but Caruthers turned down the appointment (Appendix I, List 4; TJ to Andrew Moore, 5 Aug. 1801).

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