Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Paine McMahon to Thomas Jefferson, 12 August 1815

From Thomas Paine McMahon

Washington1 City Augt 12th 1815


With feelings of respect and gratitude for your Polite and friendly attention in Answering my letter to you in April2 1813 I once more am induced to trouble you with a respectful Solicitation for your interest in having me Continued in the Army of the U. States as I entered it with the intention of making it a Profession; but unfortunately had very little acquaintance with the generals who made the Selection of officers for the Peace Establishment.

I am fully aware Sir, of the rashness of my addressing You, but would beg you not to attribute it to arrogance; but to Place it to your goodness to me in 1813, and the friendly Sentiments You have expressed towards my father (Bernard McMahon of Philada).

Your complying with my request (if consistant) and Answering3 this letter will be ever gratefully Remembered, by, Sir,

Very Respectfully Your Obedient Servt
Thos P: McMahon
at McKeowens Hotel.

RC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); endorsed by TJ as received 16 Aug. 1815 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with MS of TJ’s Notes on a Conversation with Henry Dearborn and PoC of TJ to Dearborn, both 7 Oct. 1815, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia Per Mail”; franked; postmarked Washington, 12 Aug.

1Manuscript: “Wahington.”

2Manuscript: “Apil.”

3Manuscript: “Ansswering.”

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  • Army, U.S.; officers’ commissions sought search
  • McKeown Hotel (Washington) search
  • McMahon, Bernard; mentioned search
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  • McMahon, Thomas Paine; seeks recommendation from TJ search
  • Washington, D.C.; McKeown Hotel search