Union County, Indiana 15th of the 11th mo. 1822
In consequence of our acquaintance, I have taken the liberty of addressing thee on the subject of appointments
By an act of congress, passed Last session, An additional Land office will be established with in this State, and of course a Register and Receiver, will be appointed to manage the same; I am told, that many applicants are already attached to the list, and that my friend Col Thomas Brown is one; he is a man well acquainted with Public Business, hath occupyed a variety of honorable stations under the executive of this State, both civil and military, has been for Three years past engaged in the public surveys under Genl Tiffin of Chillecothe, And he now informs me that his health is so much impaired by ha[. . .] in the woods that he has been under the necess[. . .]signing his office as deputy Surveyor, and [. . .] his friends for a little more sunshine. I presume that no man in this State will produce a more Substantial recommendation to the proper department, And if thy feelings could be inlisted on this occasion, I have no doubt but that his appointment (to one or the other of Sd offices) will be secured, to the great satisfaction of his numerius friends, and I do believe to the great promotion of the public good
|formerly of Bedford County Va|
I have lived a nigh neighbour to Thos Brown for near two years.
If the above may have any weight use thy influence.
MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).