Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Monroe, 17 December 1802

From James Monroe

Richmond Decr. 17. 1802.

Dear Sir.

Genl. Scott having intimated to me his intention to visit the federal city, I take the liberty to introduce him to yr. acquaintance as a very deserving and respectable citizen of this State. Tho’ not at present a member of the legislature, yet having been here several days he will be able to communicate to you such incidents of this place as merit attention.   The reelection of General Mason to the Senate is a thing of course. It is only necessary to make it known that he will serve, to secure him a very genl. vote in both houses. I have hinted his assent to some & presume it will be attended to in due time. with great

respect & esteem yr. frnd. & servt.

Jas. Monroe

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Dec. and “by Genl. Scott” and so recorded in SJL.

genl. scott: probably John B. Scott, a brigadier general in the Virginia militia and representative from Halifax County in the House of Delegates from 1799 to 1802 (CVSP description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, Richmond, 1875-93, 11 vols. description ends , 9:1; Leonard, General Assembly description begins Cynthia Miller Leonard, comp., The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619-January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, Richmond, 1978 description ends , 216, 220, 224).

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