Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joseph H. Nicholson, 1 March 1803

To Joseph H. Nicholson

Washington Mar. 1. 1803.

Dear Sir

You recommended to me some time ago mr Thos. Rodney of Delaware for an appointment. nothing has yet turned up. in your letter you do not say whether he is a lawyer or not. if he is, it is possible he may suit as a Commissioner for the Missisipi land titles, and we might give him the most favorable berth which will be in the Eastern district, where the business will be short, & probably finished in the winter. will you be so good as to inform me on this subject, & favor me with your opinion? at the same time I must pray that not a word may be said to him or any other on the subject, as very serious embarrassments have sometimes occurred from a previous knolege of a designation to office.   Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of high respect.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); blurred; at foot of text: “Joseph H. Nicholson esq.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

you recommended: see Nicholson to TJ, 19 Nov.

commissioner for the missisipi land titles: the 3 Mch. legislation, which provided for the establishment of two land offices in Mississippi Territory, also called for the settlement of land claims in each district by having the land office register join with two commissioners appointed by the president to hear the cases. They were to meet on or before 1 Dec. 1803 to 1 Apr. 1804, or until the business was completed (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States…1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855-56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:229–35; Matthew Clay to TJ, 28 Feb.).

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