Thomas Jefferson Papers

John H. Carr to Thomas Jefferson, 5 December 1814

From John H. Carr

Port Gibson Miss: Territory Decr 5th 1814


I presume once more to solicit your aid in forwarding my views which I hope will not be refused when they are to be exercised in the prosecution of that which calls for the assistance of the American youth: Permit me to remind you of the letter which you wrote to Philip Grymes Esquire Attorney General at New Orleans, by which I met with every attention which Mr Grymes could bestow. The present letter is written to request your aid in procuring me a Lieutenancy in the Army of the United States. My request is founded upon a wish to enter into the service of the United States to which the attention of every young man should be turned. You are no doubt acquainted with my Father, and the connection generally I hope, Sir, that this considiration will induce you to assist me. With the hope that you will befriend me I shall conclude by subscribing myself

Dr Sir Your Obt Hbl Servt

John H. Carr

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esq”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Jan. 1815 and so recorded in SJL.

John H. Carr (d. ca. 1823) was the son of John Carr, an Albemarle County district and circuit court clerk. Having studied law under Dabney Carr, he moved to Mississippi Territory by 1811. Carr failed to secure a military appointment. He returned to Albemarle County by the autumn of 1816 and became a deputy circuit court clerk, but he evidently spent some of his last years in Kentucky (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, 1901, repr. 1991 description ends , 159, 401; TJ to Philip Grymes, 3 Mar. 1810; Terr. Papers description begins Clarence E. Carter and John Porter Bloom, eds., The Territorial Papers of the United States, 1934–75, 28 vols. description ends , 6:227; Albemarle Co. Law Order Book [1809–21], 255; DNA: RG 29, CS, Ky., Mount Sterling, 1820; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 7:258, 325).

TJ wrote to philip grymes on Carr’s behalf on 3 Mar. 1810, where the Editors erroneously identified the man introduced there as Lewis Carr. On 5 Dec. 1814 John H. Carr also asked James Monroe for an appointment in the army of the united states (DNA: RG 94, LRAG).

Index Entries

  • Carr, John; family of search
  • Carr, John H.; desires military appointment search
  • Carr, John H.; identified search
  • Carr, John H.; letter from search
  • Carr, John H.; recommended by TJ search
  • Grymes, Philip; TJ recommends J. H. Carr to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search