Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, [23 February 1822]

To James Monroe

[23 Feb. 1822]

Dr Sir

Dr Wallis of Fauquier with whom I think you are acquainted seems desirous as his years advance1 to associate with his medical pursuits or perhaps substitute for them some employment which might relieve or lessen their labors. in what character of business his choice or opportunity might lead him to engage I do not know; but his talents & informn qualify him for2 a large range and his integrity3 renders him worthy of any trust. it is happy for the govmt when such men can be procured to fulfill4 the various duties of the public service, and none I believe will do it more faithfully than he would. my long acquaintance with him would render it a gratification to me should any opening occur5 which might avail the public6 of his services and at the same time7 accomodat[e] his views. I am happy on this & every occn of repeating to you the assurances of my8 affectionate respect.

Dft (DLC: TJ Papers, 221:39491); written on a half sheet; undated; edge trimmed; at head of text: “Presid. US.” Recorded in SJL as a letter to Monroe of 23 Feb. 1822. Enclosed in TJ to James W. Wallace, 23 Feb. 1822.

1Manuscript: “advane.”

2Preceding three words interlined in place of “admit.”

3TJ here canceled “fits him for any trust.”

4Word interlined in place of “<fill them> undertake.”

5Word interlined in place of “<in the public employments> happen.”

6Preceding two words reworked from “them.”

7Preceding four words interlined.

8TJ here canceled “high respec.”

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