Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Eustis, 23 February 1812

To William Eustis

Monticello Feb. 23. 12.

[Dea]r Sir

The inclosed presents one of those cases which it is not in my power to refuse being the channel of communicating. the writer is the son of a very early and intimate friend & fellow-student, to whom, were he living, I ought to refuse nothing. of the writer personally I never heard any thing, nor ever saw him: but I think he must be personally known to mr Nelson & mr Basset, two of our representatives in Congress. I have moreover written to him to advise his sending on to you certificates of character. should I be the means of adding to your list of candidates one of as much worth as was his father, I shall have the double pleasure of rendering service to a friend & to the public. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); salutation faint; at foot of text: “The Secretary at War”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: Francis Willis to TJ, 6 Feb. 1812, not found, but recorded in SJL as received from “Gloster” on 21 Feb. 1812.

Index Entries

  • Bassett, Burwell; reference for Willis search
  • Eustis, William; letters to search
  • Eustis, William; recommendations sent to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Nelson, Hugh; reference for F. Willis search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • War Department, U.S.; letters of recommendation sent to search
  • Willis, Francis (1744–91); TJ’s college friend search
  • Willis, Francis (b.1768); letters from accounted for search