Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David M. Randolph, 20 April 1825

Ballards Farm near York Town 20th April 1825

Dear Sir

The subject of this communication will I hope be a sufficient plea to your friendly consideration, to variant the freedom with which it is made. In the publication of “Enactments” by the University, I perceive that a Librarian is recognized as an Officer of the Institution. Should the appointment not already have taken place, I would most respectfully excite your attention to my son D M Randolph, whose acquirements, and devotion to Literature are deemed suited to the station; and whose unfortunate bodily infirmities render him incapable of any active pursuit by which he cou’d obtain comfortable support. He is at present drawing a slender and very precarious living from a limitted School in York. His [. . .] as as far as they have been developed, are such as [. . .] me that he will be found worthy your patronage, in so far as to enquire into his merits, and to decide accordingly. I have the honor to be, with every assurance of faithfulness, Your respectful friend &ce—

D M Randolph


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