Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Nicholas Fitzhugh, 22 August 1803

From Nicholas Fitzhugh

Ravensworth Augt. 22. 1803

Dear Sir

Mr John Thompson Mason informed me that on hearing of Mr Marshals intended resignation as assistant Judge of the District of Columbia he had nominated me by a Letter as a proper Successor—presuming it would be agreable to me to live in Alexandria

The difficulties I have experienced in procuring Teachers for my Children render it proper for me to settle in some Town and I know of none where so many Advantages are combined as in Alexandria—there I can not only educate my Children as elsewhere; but from its vicinity to my Farm, I can live cheaper than in a more remote situation—It would be perhaps indelicate & improper in me to hint my Qualifications, I will only observe that I have been in the practice of the Law from the Year 1786 to this time—

With best wishes for your personal Welfare & a prosperous Administration, I have the Honor to be Your Mo obt. Servt.

N Fitzhugh

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Aug. and “to be judge Columbia v. Marshall” and so recorded in SJL.

Nicholas Fitzhugh (1764-1814), son of Henry and Sarah Battaile Fitzhugh, resided at Ravensworth in Fairfax County, Virginia. He attended the College of William and Mary and became an attorney. He represented Fairfax County in the House of Delegates from 1790 to 1791 and 1800 to 1803. In 1810, he represented Alexandria on the standing committee of the newly organized Columbian Agricultural Society, designed to collect and distribute information for farmers and domestic manufacturers by offering premiums and publishing the journal Agricultural Museum. He also became a trustee of Alexandria Academy. Fitzhugh served as assistant judge of the circuit court of the District of Columbia from late 1803 until his death (Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds., The Diaries of George Washington, 6 vols. [Charlottesville, 1976-79], 6:255; 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 , 179, 183, 219, 223, 227; Miller, Alexandria Artisans description begins T. Michael Miller, comp., Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, Virginia, 1780-1820, Bowie, Md., 1991-92, 2 vols. description ends , 1:7, 76, 140; Agricultural Museum, 1 [1810], 172, 174; Alexandria Gazette, 31 Dec. 1814; Vol. 35:569n; John Thomson Mason to TJ, 7 July 1803).

nominated me by a letter: Mason to TJ, 7 July.

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