Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Lowdyick Carruth, 23 May 1806

South Carolina
Williams Burgh District.
May 23rd. 1806


The high and distinguished Honor that has been confered on You, and the noble and eminent Services that You have rendered Your Country in the most trying Occasions, will stand as a Monument to record Your illustrious Fame—You have not only silenc’d Calumny; and its bainful Effects, but have extorted Praise from Your most enveterate Enimies: Which evince the goodness of Your Administration beyond the power of Praise—Having viewed Your public Conduct, and allways found that merit alone only claimed Your attention to render a person qualify’d to act in any important Office: From this Consideration I am induced to offer myself for an appointment in the military Service, as I have devoted eight Years of my Life to acquire military Knowledge, which I trust would enable me to act with a degree of Respectability if I was honor’d with an appointment of that kind—This having met the approbation of the People at large, it was conceived that a few of the most distinguish’d Characters giving their Signatures would be sufficient to express the Approbation of the whole—With Sentiments of the highest respects, I have the honor to subscribe myself

Your Most Obt. Hl. St.

Lowdyick Carruth

and 13 other signatures

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

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