Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Hiester, 24 September 1807

Philadelphia Septr. 24th 1807.

Honord Sir.

You will have the goodness to pardon the liberty I am about taking in addressing you on a subject, upon which no doubt, you have been heretofore troubled with similar applications—The extreme low state of health of our much–esteemed and worthy, friend Genl. Muhlenberg renders it very probable that the office now in his tenure will very shortly become vacant, by his falling a victim to the disease by which he is attacked—Should this be the Case, and my present application not interfere with any other arrangements which your Excellency May have contemplated making with regard to the disposition of said Office, I will venture (under an expectation of your Excellencys pardon for this Liberty), to nominate to your Consideration My Son John S. Hiester for the Same—Should it so fortune that your Excellency should think favourable of this appication and eventually grant My Son this office, the honor will ever be greatfully acknowledge by your friend—I would not wish to be understood as attempting to interfere with you Excellency’s discharge of his Official duties, but if I May venture to hazard My Opinion, Without incurring the imputation of that presumption, I believe it Would give general satisfaction, as the office has been filled by your Excelleny With a Republican Character, were a Republican appointed by your Excellency to succeed the present worthy possessor, when he shall have bid adieu to all terestrial Scenes—

This Charactor as to political principals, My Son has Uniformly born since the completion of his Studies and admission to the Barr—he is now in the thirty fourth year of his age, And in the estimation of a fond father, who timidly ventures to express his Opinion on this point, possessed of some ability which with some experience may render him Competent to the duties of the appointment—

He received a liberal education at the College in New Jersey, And has since the Election of Govr. McKean held the office of Prothonotary in Berks County—

Some fifteen or eighteen Months ago he intermarried a second time With the eldest daughter of Fredk. A Muhlenberg, And Now resides in the Borough of Reading—

Could the wishes of an Affectionate father procure this honor for his Son from your Excellencys hand, My grateful acknowledgements would ever Greet your Excellency

I am With the highest respect your Excellencys obedt. Servt.

Jos: Hiester

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

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