To Samuel Hanson
Washington Nov. 23. 1802.
I recieved last night your favor of the day before. be assured that there is no sort of influence operating on me in what respects yourself; and that your situation & the means of relieving you from it has never been out of my mind. but we have, as you know, put down a great portion of the offices under the US. of those which remain, such as are in this district have been of too little value to be accepted by you; and those of the general government exerciseable here are under the double necessity of requiring talents & qualifications in that particular line which the office calls for,1 and that these be sought among the different states & distributed with equal hand. in the particular object expressed in your letter, I have already spoken with some of my friends, and will certainly omit no opportunity of doing so with urgency. Accept assurances of my sincere esteem & attachment
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Samuel Hanson”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
1. Preceding two words interlined in place of “requires.”