Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John M. Gelston, 1 September 1804

New Orleans 1st. September 1804


The enclosed letter will inform you of the death of my affectionate friend H B. Trist, and the petition accompanying this I have taken the liberty to send to you, in the hope that the motive which prompts me to this step, will be considered by you as a sufficient apology for the impropriety of my addressing you.

As I had myself an opportunity of judging the real sentiments of the signers of the representation, I am enabled to say that it expresses no more than their ardent wishes; and it would not become me to say more to you.

I have the honor to be, with the most perfect respect your very obedient servant 

Jno. M Gelston

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

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