Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Pierce Butler, 21 April 1803

From Pierce Butler

Charleston April 21. 1803

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter must plead my apology for troubling you—I know Mr. Fitzpatrick to be a good, and prudent Man, who may be made useful in a Young Country—He is possessed of good property—

I have the honor to be with great Consideration Yr Most Obedt

P. Butler

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 3 June and “Fitzpatrick Thos. to office in Missipi” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found, but see below.

TJ received two additional letters on 3 June from South Carolina recommending Thomas fitzpatrick for office, one from Thomas Sumter, Sr., dated April from Stateburg, and another from Wade Hampton, dated 13 May from Charleston. TJ recorded both entries in SJL with the notation “Fitzpatrick to office,” but neither has been found. In November 1804, Fitzpatrick received an appointment as register for the land office in Adams County, Mississippi Territory (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States…to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:472).

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