Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Harry Innes, 20 June 1801

From Harry Innes

State of Kentucky June 20th. 1801

Dr Sir,

My observation respecting applicants for the office of Marshal in this District is by this time fully verefied, & altho’ it may take up some of your time to read the letters address’d to you on the subject, still it is attended with this pleasing reflection, that the applications are from men of respectable characters, & therefore affords you a more ample feild of selecting the Officer.

Mr. Hubbard [Tay]lor of this state a son of Colo. James Taylor [of] Caroline county Virginia informs me he in[ten]ds soliciting the office of marshal. Mr. Taylor was an early adventurer in this country, is a gentleman of unexceptionable character & is respected by those who know him. His capacity to discharge the duties of Marshal cannot be questioned & his situation in life will enable him with ease to procure the necessary security for the responsibility of office.

For further information respecting Mr. Taylor permit me to refer you to the secretary of State

I am Dr. Sir with respect & esteem your friend & servt.

Harry Innes

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); torn; at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 July and so recorded in SJL with notation “Taylor marshal”; also endorsed by TJ: “Taylor to be marshal.”

Hubbard Taylor was a “distant kinsman” of James Madison, who considered him “a pretty intelligent man.” Taylor moved from Virginia to Kentucky in 1790, was a surveyor, and became involved in politics (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962– , 30 vols.: Sec. of State Ser., 1986–, 8 vols.; Pres. Ser., 1984–, 5 vols. description ends , 8:455; 14:154, 341n; Sec. of State Ser., 1:208n; Vol. 24:69, 259).

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