Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Smith, 23 October 1801

To Samuel Smith

Washington Oct. 23. 1801

Dear Sir

Your of the 21st. came to hand last night. the father of the mr Quarrier, who is the subject of it, is a very estimable & zealous republican of Richmond. by profession a coachmaker, & at the same time commanding a regiment of Cavalry. the recommendations of mr Wythe & Govor. Monroe to me on behalf of the son, respected the father chiefly; they knew little of the son. his separation from his father, his extraordinary wanderings, and some eccentricities in what he says & writes, placed him on questionable ground with me. I know his father well. he would not abandon him if all were well. I write this entirely in confidence for yourself, & that you may not be committed for want of the little knowlege I have of the person. he is a candidate for a commission in the army, a clerkship or any thing else. health & affectionate respect.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Genl. Saml Smith.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

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