Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jacques Tanesse, 8 July 1804

Philadelphia the 8 of July 1804

Sir

The protection, which you deign to Bestow on the Arts, emboldens me to address the Present Letter to you, and to solicit from you the favor mentionned therein.

I was born at Louisianna, and for a Number of years; I have resided in the West indies; after Labours as long as they were assiduous, the french Government Granted me the Commission of Surveyor General of the Western part of St Domingo; Now become an American Citizen, I desire to return to my Country; where I would have every favorable prospect of following the Duties of My Station. Under this pleasing hope, Sir, I solicit You, with some Degree of Confidence, to Grant me the Commission of surveyor General for New-Orleans.

This favor, Sir, by increasing my zeal for the Service of my new Country and for the Government (as free as it is generous) under which I act, will penetrate me, Sir, with lasting gratitude towards you.

Please, Sir, to accept my assurance thereof, as Also that of the profound respect, with which I have the honor, to be—.

Sir Your most obedient & humble Servant.

Tanesse

No. 215 in south fifth street Philadelphia.

I have the honor to enclose a copy of my commission

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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