From Philip R. Thompson
Culpeper Sept. 10th. 1803
My friend Doct. James W. Wallace having occasion to go to Charlottesville, I do myself the honor to mention him to you as a gentleman of great private worth and professional ability—I have taken the liberty to advice him to avail himself of this opportunity to make his respects to you at Montecello.—
I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir, Yr mo: Obt and most humble Sert
Phil: R: Thompson
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Sep. and “Wallace Dr. James for N. Orleans” and so recorded in SJL.
Philip Rootes Thompson (1766-1837), a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a practicing lawyer, was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for Culpeper County from 1793 to 1796 and for Kanawha County in 1818. A Republican, he was elected to the Seventh through the Ninth Congresses. On 10 Feb. 1803, he introduced a bill on the governance of the District of Columbia. He was a member of the committee of correspondence for the newly formed American Board of Agriculture (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; 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 , xxvii, 191, 195, 199, 203, 294; Albany Register, 8 Mch. 1803; Vol. 36:33n).