Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Prentis, 3 February 1807

Wmsburg Feby 3d. 1807.

Dear Sir

Mr. Wm O Allen who for some time past has been engaged in the profession of Law, seems desirous to engage in a military Life, and has applied to me to present himself, and his pretentions to your Excellency as aiding him in obtaining an appointment, in case additional Troops should be decided by Congress: My Opinion of this Gentleman will induce me to state, that should the Secretary at War confer a Military Commission on him I should think it very properly conferred, and cannot entertain a Doubt, but in that Station, he will so conduct himself as to render services to his Country, and not discredit the character of a meritorious, and derserving Soldier.

I am Sir with Esteem Yr Ob St

Jos Prentis

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

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