From Isaac Shelby
Danville in Kentucky. July 25th. 1801
I take the liberty to address this letter to you on behalf of Mr. John Smith, who offers himself a candidate for the marshalls office of this state, should you deem it necessary to superscede the man now in office—Mr. Smith is a Gentleman of good character, and respectable family, with sufficent information to enable him to discharge the duties of that office with propriety; If he should be so fortunate as to receive the appointment, I have no doubt but it would meet the general approbation of his fellow citizens in Kentucky—
I have the honour to be Sir Your Mo Ob. Servant
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 3 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.