Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Dickinson, 30 September 1807

Wilmington the 30th of the 9th Month 1807

My dear Friend,

Tench Coxe informs Me, that General Muhlenberg’s Office is likely to be soon vacant, and he desires to be his successor.

By an intimate and confidential Correspondence of several Years and by other Evidence I am fully convinced, that, with correct political Principles, he is faithfully devoted to the true Interests of his Country.

Indeed, he is bound to them by the strongest Ties, and, among them, by being the Father of an amiable and very numerous Family of Children.

His Talents, acquired Knowledge, and practical Acquaintance with commercial Affairs are well known.

Influenced by these Considerations, it is my hearty Wish that he may Succeed in his Views; and the Goodness with which thou has been plea[sed] allways to favour Me, encourages Me to make this address: Nor should I now venture to make it, if I was not clearly persuaded that such an Appointment would be very useful to The United States.

With the sincerest Affection I am Thy Friend

John Dickinson

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

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