Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Cleves Symmes, 5 October 1807

Cincinnati October the 5th 1807.

The office of register of the land office at Cincinnati having become vacant by the death of Mr. Killgore, I beg leave among the number of applications which will probably be made to you on that subject, to recommend my nephew Daniel Symmes Esqr. as a person qualified for the discharge of the duties of such a trust.   I believe it may be said, without boasting on my part, that no character in the state stands higher for moral and political integrity, and his abilities in this respect are unquestionable. I think it will be no small recommendation, that he has been, since capable of reflection, a firm republican, and with me it is a circumstance in his favour, that he is attached to the present administration from the principles on which it has uniformly acted.

My nephew being absent, I have not an opportunity of consulting him on this Occasion, but knowing him to have been once a candidate for the same appointment, I presume it will still be acceptable to him. I believe sir, that you will hear from him by this mail or the next. I ought first to have heard from him before I ventured to trouble you on this business, but supposing you may not think it expedient to keep the office long shut, I have taken the liberty to mention his name.

I beg leave to add, that it has long been matter of Moan to republicans in this State that so many offices of great influence are filled by federalist.

I have the honor to be most respectfully, Sir, Your very humble servant,

John Cleves Symmes.

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

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