Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Paul Hamilton, 22 October 1812

To Paul Hamilton

Monticello Oct. 22. 12.

Dear Sir

The bearer hereof, mr Beverly Roy Scott being desirous of entering the Naval service as a Midshipman, wishes to be made known to you, and the grounds on which he presents himself for your favor. he is not personally known to me, altho’ his family is, which is respectable and wealthy: and he brings me a letter of recommendation from a friend whose correctness is such as satisfies me he would not recommend an unworthy subject. the ardor which the young gentleman manifests for engaging in the service of his country is itself an assurance that he will endeavor to deserve the favors he may recieve. Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DNA: RG 45, MLRSN); at foot of text: “The Secretary of the Navy”; with notations in ink by Hamilton: “appoint him P. H.” and in pencil in an unidentified hand: “Lynchburg Va.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

TJ’s friend was Charles Clay.

Index Entries

  • Clay, Charles; and naval appointment for B. R. Scott search
  • Hamilton, Paul (1762–1816); and patronage recommendations search
  • Hamilton, Paul (1762–1816); letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Scott, Beverly Roy; seeks naval appointment search
  • Scott, Samuel; family of search