Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Smith (of Maryland), 2 July 1822

To Samuel Smith (of Maryland)

Monticello July 2. 22.

Dear Sir

Your favor of June 16. is recieved. altho’ I have almost universally declined embarrassing the government with sollicitations of mine on behalf of either persons or subjects, yet no rule of that kind shall stand in the way of rendering you any service I can. I will only request (in order to avoid an useless sollicitation) that you will be so [g]ood as to drop me a line in the case of Genl Dearborne’s decli[n]ing to go to Lisbon; on reciept of which, I will immediately write to [the] President as urgently as decency or the prospect of effect will permit. my own expectation is, I confess, that the General will not dec[l]ine the mission. and therefore I wish not to write until it is kn[o]wn, as the effort might be as premature on my part, as useless an[d] unavailing to yourself. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of RC of John Laval to TJ, 11 May 182[2]; several words faint; at foot of text: “Genl S. Smith”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Dearborn, Henry; as minister plenipotentiary to Portugal search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation from search
  • Monroe, James (1758–1831); and appointments search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation from TJ search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); letters to search
  • Smith, Samuel (of Maryland); seeks diplomatic appointment search