Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Richard Mentor Johnson, 27 November 1807

Washington City November 27th 1807—

I have been advised by letters from Kentucky, that a recommendation for the office of Judge in the Orleans Territory had been forwarded to this City in Favour of Adam Beaty of Washington now in the same state—I think it my duty to say, that I am well acquainted, with him—He is a man of good moral deportment of great industry—of sound, correct judgement & legal information. And what I shall always deem important he is a sterling republican, attached to the wise measures of your administration—He has a Family. his circumstances as to property moderate—& in every respect a man of merit—If he should be thought worthy of an office. and should not be promoted in the Territory of Orleans, a vacancy in any of the Territories would be filled by him perhaps with equal cheerfulness—I transmit for your Perusal a letter directed to me from Robert Trimble Esqr second Judge of the Court of Appeals in Kentucky. The person recommended I know not,—but from the very high standing of Mr Trimble, I have thought proper to transmit for your consideration—his recommendation relying with confidence on his statement—

Accept assurances of my high respect and attachment—

Richard M Johnson

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

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