Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Dougherty, 15 August 1813

To Joseph Dougherty

Monticello Aug. 15. 13.

Dear Joseph

Agreeably to the request in your letter of the 8th I have this day written to mr Saml H. Smith, recommending you to his recollection in the disposal of any suitable office which may be in his gift. when such an one occurs, you will of course bring yourself to his notice. I am sorry your porter business has failed you from the circumstances of the times; as a dependance on one’s own exertions is so much more agreeable than to be at the will of others. however some of the berths1 about the public offices are a good enough mainstay, where they give time for some other calling in aid of them. the Merino fever is so entirely spent, that our country people will not even accept of them; preferring those breeds giving most wool to what gives the finest. wishing you success in your application for employment, or whatever else you engage in I subscribe with the assurance of my constant attachment and good will.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Joseph Dougherty”; endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “births.”

Index Entries

  • Dougherty, Joseph; and porter business search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; letters to search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; seeks appointment search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • merino sheep; TJ on search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Smith, Samuel Harrison; as commissioner of the revenue search
  • wool; merino search