Monto Aug. 25. 24.
Without the happiness of a personal acquaintance I hope I shall be pardoned for addressing to you a sollicitation for a very worthy man, for whom I have a great affection, yet not greater than he highly merits, the office of P.M. in Richmd is become vacant by the death of the incumbent, and Colo Bernard Peyton of that place, officer in our late war, is one of the applicants for it. I can assure you, with a sincerity which frdshp should never induce me to disregard that in capacity for the office, intergrity, diligence worth and the high he holds in the esteem and confidence, no competitor can be more prominent. , is the only case in which I have ever suffered my affections to go beyond the duty of testifying what was true, that I feel in it an anxiety equal to what I could feel for myself and in gratificn & gratitude shall consider it, as be pleased to accept the assurance of my great esteem respect & considn
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.