Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Alexander Macaulay, 26 March 1810

To Alexander Macaulay

Monticello Mar. 26. 10.


In answer to your letter of the 8th inst. recieved last night I have to state that every paper of recommendation for military appointment recieved by me while in office, was immediately sent to the Secretary at war to be filed in his office for inspection on the proper occasions; and that to the observance of this rule there never was a single exception. on the occasion referred to in your letter they were sent to Genl Dearborne with a request that he would ask the advice of the delegates of the respective states in selecting the persons to be appointed, and in doing so, I think he put all the recommendations into their hands to enable them to judge. whether the papers were returned to him in every instance, I know not; but it may be worthy of your enquiry whether they were by the delegates of your state. I am Sir

Your humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); at foot of text: “Mr H. Macaulay”; endorsed by TJ.

Macaulay’s letter to TJ of the 8th was actually dated 18 Mar. 1810.

Index Entries

  • Dearborn, Henry; as secretary of war search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Public Service; as president search
  • Macaulay, Alexander; letters to search
  • Macaulay, Alexander; seeks return of letters search
  • War Department, U.S.; letters of recommendation sent to search