Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Dougherty to Thomas Jefferson, 21 September 1818

From Joseph Dougherty

Washington City Septr 21st 18

Dear Sir

Conscious that your knowlege of my promotion will give you infinite pleasure—especially when sensible of being the original cause of it.

I am appointed, or, (perhaps elected) Superintendent of the buildings occupied by the State, War and Navy with a sallary of 500 Dollars per. an.

It was your letterrecommending me to the Senate in 1811: that got me the situation, and, as it will not engross half my time to attend at the office—I can still pursue my former business.

Hoping yourself & family are well

I am Dear Sir. your Humble Servt.

Jos Dougherty

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 28 Sept. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Francis Preston, 21 Dec. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello va.”; franked; postmarked Washington, 22 Sept.

TJ’s earlier letter recommending Dougherty was his Circular to Certain Republican Senators, 19 Sept. 1811.

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