Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Tarver, 15 November 1803

From John Tarver

Charleston, 15th November 1803

Honble Sir,

To attempt an apology for the Liberty I t[ake] in addressing you, or to say what gave birth in my mind [. . .] the idea of the application is out of my power, but hope that my boldness will find excuse in that exalted goodness which I have, with thousands of others been some Year’s an humble admirer off.

My Prayer Honble Sir, is to find employment, in our new acquired and much admired acquisition of Louisiana my being equally acquainted with the French & Spanish Languages as with my own, leads me to offer my services to Government in any Capacity whatever.

I am by birth Honble Sir an English-man but some Years since a Resident of Charleston, and a Citizen of the United States.

Aware Honble Sir of the Multiplicity of your Occupations I shall not waste more of your time, but to assure you, that your Goodness in my favor is daily included in the hu[mble] prayers of (and family)

Honble Sir Your obedient humble Servant

John Tarver

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); torn; at foot of text: “The Honble Thos. Jefferson.” Recorded in SJL as received 27 Nov. with notation “emploimt. Louisa.”

John Tarver was born in London and resided in Paris before emigrating to Charleston, South Carolina, where he taught French, English, and other subjects as a private instructor and, for three years, a member of the faculty at the College of Charleston. In 1802, he was an assistant assessor of the Direct Tax in Charleston. He did not receive an appointment from TJ (Charleston City Gazette and Daily Advertiser, 9, 14 June, 27 Sep. 1794; 2 Sep. 1796; 27, 30 Mch. 1798; 18 June 1802).

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