Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Hore Browse Trist, 2 June 1804

From Hore Browse Trist

New Orleans 2 June 1804—


I with great pleasure add my opinion to those already transmitted in relation to the very respectable rank which Doctor Oliver H Spencer holds in this City. With acknowledged skill, an extensive & encreasing practice in his profession for three years has doubtless given him a general knowledge of the diseases incidental to this Climate, & his Moral Character has secured to him the confidence & esteem of the community with which he is acquainted—Should it be thought proper to confer on him the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Dr Carmichael, I entertain a belief that he will execute the Trust with honor to himself & satisfaction to the Troops, & that he will add support to the Republican cause among our new brethren—

With perfect respect I am your mo: Obedt. Servt

Hore Browse Trist

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “The President U.S.”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 July and “Doctr. Spence.”

For earlier recommendations of Oliver H. spencer, see Vol. 37:69-70. Writing to Dearborn on 20 May, William C. C. Claiborne enclosed a recommendation of Spencer from the U.S. Army officers at New Orleans and praised his experience and “Excellent character” (Rowland, Claiborne Letter Books description begins Dunbar Rowland, ed., The Official Letter Books of W. C. C. Claiborne, 1801-1816, Jackson, Miss., 1917, 6 vols. description ends , 2:153).

John F. carmichael resigned his commission as army surgeon in a 31 May letter to Dearborn (Dearborn to Carmichael, 5 July, DNA: RG 107, LSMA).

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