Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Barbour, 13 July 1813

To James Barbour

Monticello July 13. 13.

Dear Sir

I think you cannot be unacquainted with old mr Strode of the county adjoining to yours, with his former fortunes, and the misfortunes perhaps by which he has lost them. his qualifications for business too are generally known. he is now in indigence, and want. how this happens while his son is otherwise I know not. I have recieved a letter from him, by which I find he wishes for some employment which would give him bread in return for industry. I have no doubt that his talents and integrity might be made serviceable to the public in some place. the army, particularly the Commisary & Q. M’s departments, the foundery, the Armoury the Penitentiary1 might certainly make him useful. I have known him2 long, and am firmly persuaded that any emploiment analogous to his talents would be fulfilled with skill & fidelity, and I have thought I should render a public service in giving you an opportunity of engaging him in some business for the public. I do this on my own motion only his letter authorising no such application; but rendering it presumable he would undertake any service, primary or secondary which would subsist him. excuse me for a suggestion which I make merely because you may find some occasion of using it for the good of the public as well as of a worthy individual, and be assured of my great esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (Vi: RG 3, Governor’s Office, Executive Papers); addressed: “His Excellency Governor Barbour Richmond”; franked; postmarked Milton, 17 July; endorsed by Barbour. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

SJL records a missing letter of 4 June 1813 from TJ to Barbour’s brother Philip Pendleton Barbour.

1Preceding two words interlined.

2Word interlined.

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