Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Turner Richardson Whitlock, 4 September 1801

From Turner Richardson Whitlock

Hanover 4th. Sepr. 1801.

Hond. Sir.

My presumption in writing you, I hope should it meet your disapprobation will by you be looked over, as it is Sir my knowing your assendency and Interest, that Induces me to write.

I have been in writing business for Some time, and am anxious to be Still engaged in that line of Business.

I have Served five years in an office, but am Induced to believe that I can receive much Instruction at the Federal City, and on this account business will be acceptable, in that City;

Letters of Recommendation will if required be produced from Messrs Meriwether Jones, & Edmond Randolph and from the representatives from this County, as also from John Clopton esqr. our representative to Congress.

Should your Honor take upon yourself the Trouble of procureing me a birth the favor will forever be acknowledged.

I beg you will be so good as to write me Pr. Post by way of Richmond, and Should you procure me a birth in the Federal City, I will Immediately on the reception of your letter be up

I am Sir Yr. Mo: Obt.

Turner Richardson Whitlock

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 17 Sep. and so recorded in SJL with notation “Off.”; also endorsed by TJ: “to be a clerk.”

Turner Richardson Whitlock was born in St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover, Virginia. Upon his father’s death in 1798, he inherited land in Randolph County. He died sometime between 1801 and 1825, unmarried and without children (William Ronald Cocke, III, Hanover County Chancery Wills and Notes [Baltimore, 1978], 167, 168, 169).

A letter from Edmund Randolph to TJ, 7 Sep., recorded in SJL as received 10 Sep., has not been found.

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