Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Armistead to Thomas Jefferson, 15 October 1817

From William Armistead

Treasury Department 3d Auditors Office Ocbr 15th 1817

Dear sir

You will have the goodness to excuse the liberty I have taken in addressing you this letter, when I tell you, that, knowing you to be the friend1 of W C Nicholas Esqr to whom I am indebted through your goodness for the place which I now hold in this Department and whose absence from Richmond at this time prevents me from addressing him on a subject of material importance to me, The recent death of the military agent at Harpers Ferry has become vacant in consequence of the same.

I have therefore to beg that you will have the goodness to address a letter to the President in my behalf on that subject, I feel truly greatful to you Sir for the situation which I now hold, and with which I am well pleased, but the unfortunate situation of Mrs Armistead requires that I should be able to devote more of my personal attention to her than2 the duties of my office in this Department will admit of

With sentiments of esteem I remain Respectfully your Hm Ser

Will Armistead

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Oct. 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

Lloyd Beall, the paymaster and military storekeeper for the federal arsenal at harpers ferry, died on 5 Oct. 1817 (Charles Town Farmer’s Repository, 8 Oct. 1817; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 14 Oct. 1817).

1Manuscript: “fried.”

2Manuscript: “that.”

Index Entries

  • Armistead, Ann (Anne) Cary Norton (wife of William Armistead [ca.1773–1840]) search
  • Armistead, William (ca.1773–1840); as Treasury Department clerk search
  • Armistead, William (ca.1773–1840); family of search
  • Armistead, William (ca.1773–1840); letter from search
  • Armistead, William (ca.1773–1840); seeks federal appointment search
  • Beall, Lloyd; as agent at Harpers Ferry search
  • Harpers Ferry, Va.; armory at search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Monroe, James; and appointments search
  • Nicholas, Wilson Cary (1761–1820); and appointment for W. Armistead search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search