Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Martin Baker, 12 October 1817

To John Martin Baker

Monticello Oct. 12. 17.

Dear Sir

The President arrived at his residence soon after my return to Monticello, and recieving a visit from mr Madison at the same time, we jointly spoke with the President on your subject. he has every possible disposition to befriend you, and if he should find obstacles to your present wish, he will still retain his disposition to do justice to your merit on some other occasion. as the Secretary of state is always consulted on these appointments, we could not expect an immediate decision. I was glad to find from him that mr Lee had interested himself warmly in your behalf. I am in hopes you will find some channel for predisposing mr Adams favorably, assuring you of my best wishes for your success as well as of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of David Knight to TJ, 23 July 1817; torn at seal, with one word rewritten by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr Baker”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Adams, John Quincy; and appointments search
  • Baker, John Martin; letters to search
  • Baker, John Martin; seeks appointment search
  • Highland (J. Monroe’s Albemarle Co. estate); J. Monroe at search
  • Lee, William (1772–1840); and J. M. Baker search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); and J. M. Baker search
  • Madison, James (1751–1836); visits Monticello search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Madison, Dolley and James search