Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Sullivan, 17 November 1801

From James Sullivan

Boston Novr. 17th 1801


I have, frequently been requested to introduce my friends to you, but have uniformly refused1 to comply. I have considered your time as the property of your country, and as being too important to be improved a moment on any thing I would propose. I cannot, however, refuse to join with many others in asking your attention to Colonel Lee of Marblehead. I formed an attachment to him on the plains of Cambrige, a few days after the battle of Lexington; his conduct since, as an officer, and as a private citizen, his sentiments in favour of a republican government, and the tenour of his life, combine to increase the opinion I had conceived of him. I can venture to pledge myself for his honor and integrety, in any office or place he may be called to in the government.

I ardently wish you the most perfect success in your exertions to restore the administration of our government to its constitutional channel; and that the American Nation, as a republic, may remember with gratitude an administration, which may have rescued them from the Jaws of Tyranny.

I continue with the warmest attachment to your person Your very humble Servant

Ja Sullivan

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Nov. and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ: “Colo. Lee of Marblehead to office.”

Sullivan earlier in the year declined TJ’s offer to serve as U.S. attorney for Massachusetts (Vol. 33:596, 675).

1MS: “refusted.”

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