Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Return Jonathan Meigs, 7 November 1819

Monticello Nov. 7. 19.

Dear Sir

The dangerous illness under which Dr Foushee is has doubtless already drawn on you competitors for the postmaster’s office of Richmond. I am requested to name one to you which I do the more willingly as more knowingly. mr Thomas Eston Randolph, my neighbor, friend and relation offers his service in that office. I will be responsible for his perfect integrity, his industry, application and exactness and fidelity in his accounts. he is of a perfectly correct conduct, unblemished reputation, and an accomodating & conciliatory disposition, & of an understang fully competent to the duties of the office. being a neighbor to the President also when here, I think he must be personally known to him and if known at all, it cannot but be favorably. if no higher qualifications are offered, I should suffer my wishes to be strongly enlisted in his favor; but whether or not, I am sure that will be done which is right; accept the assurance of my friendly esteem and high respect.

Th: Jefferson


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