Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Mason, 7 February 1806

Geo. Town 7 Feby 1806

Dear Sir

The letter which I take the liberty to enclose, I received yesterday, and will be my apology for thus addressing you: it is always painful Sir to me, to intrude on the time of yourself, or other officers of the Government on occasions of this kind, but to Mr. Scott, since he has requested it, I cannot refuse to give my Testemony of, at least, his general worth

This Gentleman has been, untill within the last year or two, when he removed to the upper country of Pensylvania, a Resident of Charles County Maryland, he is Son of an older Brother of the late Commissioner Scott, his connections on the mother Side, are the Stone Family of Maryland, on both Sides warmly fœderal, he was himself located in the county of the State, the most violent in those politics, yet he has been throughout an uniform, descisive, and active Republican; his moral Character extremely fair, and his manners very gentlemanly—as to his legal qualifications, I am not enabled to judge but he is certainly a Man of learning and of strong mind.

It may be proper for me to Say, that on application from Mr Dorsey of this Town, the other day, I gave him a Letter to Mr Smith, Secretary of the Navy with whom he told me had conversed, merely saying, that I beleived, that if he was appointed to fill this vacancy such appointment would be agreable to the neighbourhood in which he lives—Mr Dorsey’s Politics and pretensions otherwise you Sir I think you know, it is therefore unnecessary to say more on that Subject

With very great Respect and Regard I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obt Sert

J. Mason

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

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