Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Brent, 22 May 1807

on or before 22 May 1807


Understanding that Mr. Richard White, now Teacher of the Western Academy, is an applicant for the office of Librarian to Congress, vacated by the death of Mr. Beckley; and, he having suggested that the members of the board of trustees of that institution, are better qualified to speak as to his fitness for discharging the duties, than any other persons to whom he can immediately apply; We take the liberty of troubling your Excellency with this letter on the subject.

Believing that his present situation is inadequate to the comfortable support of his family; that the office he is seeking, would be much more congenial to his former habits, and personal feelings; and, that by a liberal education and a knowledge of the dead and several of the living languages he is well qualified to discharge the duties of Librarian, we should be happy in seeing him in a Situation where his talents and acquirements would be more beneficaly employed for himself and family than they now are.

With great respect, we are Sir, your Obedt. Servants.

Robert Brent

Abraham Bradley Jun.

Nichs. King

W. Cranch

Wm. Brent

Fre D: May

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

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