Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William H. Crawford, 24 December 1816

To William H. Crawford

Monticello Dec. 24. 16.

Dear Sir

On my return after a long absence I learned that you had been so kind as to send the Collector’s commission to mr Minor, and that he had declined it. it seems he had in the mean time engaged in a business from which he could not withdraw, a circumstance unknown to me when I troubled you on the subject. my thankfulness to you however is not the less. I mentioned at the same time mr Southall’s claims. he is a young man of excellent character, correct and industrious, and from the kindness of his temper would be very acceptable I believe to every body. his experience in the office too as deputy gives him advantage over every other not possessing superior qualifications. I salute you with great esteem & consideration.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Fitzwhylsonn & Potter to TJ, 11 Dec. 1816; mutilated at seal, with one word and part of another rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “The Secretary of the Treasury”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to “Crawford Wm H.”

TJ had discussed the claims of Peter Minor and Valentine W. Southall in his 20 Oct. 1816 letter to Alexander J. Dallas, Crawford’s predecessor at the Treasury Department.

Index Entries

  • Crawford, William Harris; and appointments search
  • Crawford, William Harris; letters to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Minor, Peter; and appointment of revenue collector search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Southall, Valentine Wood; as revenue collector search