To Joseph Scott
Monticello May 5. 10.
The writer of the inclosed letter is a very worthy citizen of the county I live in. his son was so well recommended that he was appointed to a command in the new regiments proposed to be raised two or three years ago. the letter, you will observe refers me to mr Randolph, my son in law, for further information. he informs me that mr Yancey was obliged by ill health to retire from the army, & that he brought the most satisfactory documents of his good conduct there. I do not know him personally: but being desired by the father to become the channel of communicating to you his request, I could not refuse this to his worth. and I do it the more willingly as I ask nothing more on the subject than that you will place the name of the young man on the list of those wishing the appointment referred to, and give it to the most worthy. I have not heard whether others have applied for it. Accept the assurances of my esteem & respect.
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Majr Joseph Scott”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Charles Yancey to TJ, undated but interlined in SJL between entries for 6 and 9 May 1810 as “recieved about this time,” has not been found.
Joseph Scott (ca. 1743–1810) rose from second lieutenant to major in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. He was appointed United States marshal of the Eastern District of Virginia by TJ in 1802. Scott became marshal of the District of Virginia when the eastern and western districts were merged later that year and held the post until his death (Heitman, Continental Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April, 1775, to December, 1783, rev. ed., 1914 description ends , 486; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 1:403, 405, 433, 437 [6, 26 Jan. 1802, 11, 17 Jan. 1803]; Richmond Enquirer, 4, 8 Dec. 1810).
Jeremiah yancey, the son of Charles Yancey, served as an ensign in the 5th Infantry Regiment, United States army, from 12 Dec. 1808 until 20 Oct. 1809. He returned to the army as a third lieutenant in the artillery in 1817 and was an infantry captain at the time of his death in 1829 (Heitman, U.S. Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1903, 2 vols. description ends , 1:1065; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 3:105, 108, 451, 457, 4:5 [18, 19 Dec. 1817, 13, 22 Dec. 1825, 5 Mar. 1829]).
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