Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas I. Van Dyke, 31 October 1808

Rogersville, Ten—31st October 1808

Honrd Sir

For the first time in my life, I now take the liberty of addressing, the Cheif Majistrate of the Union—I enclose a letter from my father in law, Judge Campbell, who boasts of a personal acquaintance with you, and on the efficacy of that letter, I principally rest my hopes of obtaining all which I could expect to obtain—I take the liberty of remarking, that it is upwards of ten years since I married the daughter of Judge Campbell; during which time, (as being constantly near him) he has had every opportunity of noticing my conduct, and analysing every motive, and action—

with respect to myself, I must also, take the liberty to state, that I am contented, with my present rank in the army, as far as a just desire for advancement in life, permits of; and have been enduced to make the present application, at the particular solicitation of a few friends—

Ardently wishing you every happiness through life, I tender my most cordial salutations,

And am very respectfully Your Ob. Ser.

Thos. I. Van Dyke Captn.

7th Regt. U States Infty

[Note by TJ on verso of address sheet:]

Th:J. to Genl. Dearborne

Judge Campbell is a very good & influential man. he is the brother of Arthur Campbell & cousin of King’s mountain Campbell. of Vandyke I know nothing.

PHi: Daniel Parker Papers.

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