Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Tatham, 30 October 1805

Norfolk 30th. October 1805.

Dr. Sir.

Considering Capt. Hunter’s proposition, herewith inclosed an acquisition to the United States, I became the bearer with a desire to second the application in person, under favorable impressions; and ready to speak to such facts as might be enquired of me so far as I had knowledge.

Procrastination by indisposition must appologize to the Government, & to Capt. Hunter, for the delay which has happened. He is consanguinially connected with Mr. Bergwin of Wilmington, possesses the Manners of improved Society, An Amiable heart, & high sense of honor, & the spirit of a Brave Man tempered by experience. At Aboukir he recieved a wound in the Forehead by the bursting of a Shell which tore the flesh of his Skull;—it still continues to discharge matter under a black Patch, & I think occasions him to feel the effect of liquor more easily; but, so far as I have observed, (& with some Vigilance) it does not make him quarrelsome or inattentive to his professional engagements, which seem to rest on his mind at all times, as primary.

His [. . . .]als shew him to have been a Citizen of the U States for about Seven Years; & I believe he is a sincere one.

I have the honor to be Dr. Sir, Your Obt H. St.

Wm Tatham

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

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