Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Habersham, 4 September 1801

To Joseph Habersham

Monticello Sep. 4. 1801.

Dear Sir

Mr. Madison happened to be with me here at the arrival of our yesterday’s post, and read to me a letter he then recieved from you, expressing a wish to decline accepting a judiciary appointment in Georgia which had been the subject of some previous communications. I recieved at the same time a letter from mr Meredith resigning the office of Treasurer after the last day of October next. having the most entire confidence in your integrity, & accuracy in business, I am persuaded I cannot serve the public better than by availing them of your services in that office, if you think proper to accept it. I make the proposition therefore to you with real satisfaction, and tender you assurances of my high esteem & consideration.

Th: Jefferson

RC (GHi); addressed: “Colo. Habersham Post office Washington Cola.” PrC (DLC).

For Habersham’s letter to Madison of 31 Aug. declining the judiciary appointment, see Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser. description begins J. C. A. Stagg, ed., The Papers of James Madison, Secretary of State Series, Charlottesville, 1986–, 8 vols. description ends , 2:75. Samuel Meredith wrote his letter of resignation on 29 Aug.

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