Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Patrick Gibson, 19 August [1821]

To Patrick Gibson

Monticello Aug. 19.

Dear Sir

Your [f]avor of the 15th came to hand last evening, an[d]1 I avail myself with pleasure of the opportunity of being useful to you afforded by the request it contains on behalf of your son. with the Secretary of the Navy I have not a personal acquaintance, and therefore can expect no other effect from my intercession, than an increased confidence, on his part, in the grounds on which your son may claim his just attentions. with sincere wishes for your gratification I pray you to accept assurances of my continued friendship and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 220:39376); on verso of reused address cover of Thomas Ewell to TJ, 6 Sept. 1820; partially dated; mutilated; at foot of text: “Mr Gibson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 19 Aug. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: TJ to Smith Thompson, 19 Aug. 1821.

1Word faint.

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  • Gibson, Alexander; seeks appointment search
  • Gibson, Patrick; letters to search
  • Gibson, Patrick; seeks appointment for son search
  • Navy Department, U.S.; applications to search
  • Thompson, Smith; and appointments search