Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Moore, 21 July 1814

To Andrew Moore

Monticello July 21. 14.

Dear Sir

I am first to thank you for the indulgence which, in October last, at my request, you were so kind as to extend to Capt Miller, stationed as an Alien at Charlottesville. he requested a fortnight only to go to Norfolk, to settle his affairs, and look after the property there which he claimed: but as I thought it would take him longer, I extended his request to a month. you were so kind as to fix no particular limit to his absence, and he seems disposed to avail himself of it indefinitely; having, as I am informed, engaged in a partnership business with a mr Hay in Norfolk who had in charge from the Escheator the property there claimed by mr Miller. had he stayed thro’ the winter only, while military operations were suspended, in that vicinity, I should have felt no uneasiness for the responsibility I had undertaken for him. but we have reason now to expect a great hostile army hourly, and that Norfolk will be it’s first enterprise. in such a case, personal confidence should not controul the cautious provisions of the law; and certainly I should not be willing to assume such a responsibility. I still have a favorable opinion of Capt Miller, altho’ some who know him more particularly have less confidence in his candor. but without regard to this, having taken a furlough of nine months where one only was requested, he has had more than the full benefit of the object asked by himself. I think it a duty therefore to recall the case to your recollection as scenes are approaching which command caution. should you think it prudent to require a return to his station, at least till the campaign is over, or till your further permission, which he can always ask, the indulgence of a few days after notice (if the enemy do not arrive in the mean while) to arrange with his partner the business he has engaged in, may perhaps be of value to him.—not knowing whether you may be in Richmond or Lexington, I send a copy of this letter to each place, lest time may be lost when every day & hour may bring forth the crisis apprehended. Accept the assurance of my friendly esteem and great respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “<Colo> Genl Andrew Moore”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Hayes, Joseph; business partner of J. Miller search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Miller, Joseph; and Norfolk property search
  • Miller, Joseph; citizenship of search
  • Miller, Joseph; TJ intercedes for search
  • Moore, Andrew; as federal marshal for Va. district search
  • Moore, Andrew; letters to search
  • Norfolk, Va.; and War of1812 search
  • War of1812; in Norfolk search