Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Page, 11 July 1807

Richmond July 11th. 1807.

My dear Sir

I had for some time past intended to request that you would be pleased to place on your list of Candidates for Offices which may be at your disposal in Virginia, the Names of William Robertson & Bolling his Son, the former in an humble office in the Virginia Bank, the latter a Lawyer of Eminence at Petersburg who with true filial & fraternal affection I am assured contributes to the support of his Mother, & a large amiable family of Brothers & Sisters.

The whole family is truly patriotic, & uncommonly endowed with brilliant Talents—I am sorry I have delayed this so long, especially as you have lately informed me that you are pressed by Applicants for the post Office as I believe Mr. Robertson & his younger Son now with him would discharge the duties of that office much better than I could—permit me then my dear Friend to recommend him as a proper person to fill that Office whenever it shall become vacant.

It is reported that applications are made for the Collector’s Place—permit me as your Friend to entreat you to turn a deaf Ear to all attempts to deprive you of an active Skillful faithful Servant. He approves of your Administration, he admires your Talents & your Conduct, & his only fault is that he had been inlisted into the Corps of Federalists, & is weak in Judgement, strong in Opinion, proud of appearing Independent, & has been intruded on to his mortification, as he has confessed to me, by Puppies, who mistake him. He has been a brave defender of Our Country, & is now ready with his two Sons to lay down his life in her defence. An hypocrite might succeed him—but you can not find a more frank, brave honest man—pardon the freedom I take.   I have been told that Major Scott the Marshall has been denounced to you—I wish I could say as much for him—but I can say that his best Friends have censured him—

I can not conclude however without assuring you, that I will not accept of any place which may be vacated on the representations which I have been informed have been made to you: nor can I conclude before I present my hearty Congratulations to you on the glorious Spirit which animates our native Country upon the present trying Occasion—George is playing his old Game through his secret Channel of Instruction. By secret Instruction he forced us into resistance which terminated in our Independence—and now, still divinely infatuated, I augur that he will force his own Country into a Revolution which will terminate in their Happiness, & that of the whole world. Dr. Tucker can tell you more of my Ideas on this Subject. God bless you prays your old Friend

John Page

P.S. The Wife of Mr. Wm. Robertson & mother of a numerous amiable Family, is a Daughter of our old Friend Thos. Bolling, Brother of R. Bg. of Chellowe

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