Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Sanders Donoho, 27 August 1808

Rutherfordton August 27th 1808


I depart from the beaten track of those who solicit appointments. I apply to Thomas Jefferson himself and ask him for a commission in the additional army about to be raised.

This mode of application may appear a little unusual, perhaps it may be; but I can see no very forcible objection to it. For if you think it necessary to know who or what I am, I can give such an account of myself as will be satisfactory to every Republican.

No man knows of my making this application, and in case I fail of success I do not wish it to be known, as it would tend to make me somewhat ridiculous among my friends and acquaintances.

If you should think me worthy of any further notice, I shall be found at Rutherfordton, Rutherford County North Carolina

I am with sentiments of profound veneration your obt. St.

Sanders Donoho

DNA: RG 94--Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General.

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