Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Levi Lincoln, 26 March 1801

From Levi Lincoln

Washington March 26. 1801.


with the letter, and the associated papers from Mr Porter, and three from Gent. in Alexandria recommending Capt Moore as register of wills in that district, I take the liberty of submitting to your inspection a letter of a more private nature just recd. from Boston—By it, my friends, it is easy to be perceived, have agreed to confuse. Explanations, it is to be hoped will remove the impressions, which I was sure would be made. The effects of the public measures, and the elections of Bacon and Smith as stated towards the close of my friends letter, being interesting events, must apologize for the freedom taken in troubling you with a private correspondence.

with sentiments Sir of the highest respect I have the honor to be your most obt Hum Sevt

Levi Lincoln

RC (DLC); at head of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 Mch. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) David Porter, Jr., to James Madison, Baltimore, 23 Mch. 1801, requesting appointment as an officer in the U.S. Navy (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR; endorsed by TJ: “David Porter:—Navy departmt.”; enclosures not found). (2) Elisha Dick to Levi Lincoln, Alexandria, 26 Mch., recommending Cleon Moore, a Revolutionary War veteran who claimed the confidence of the people of Alexandria as register of wills for the county. (3) George Gilpin to same, Alexandria, 26 Mch., noting that he has known Moore for 30 years and that the candidate, with experience as a notary public and a practicing lawyer, was “fit to fill the office” of register of wills. (4) George Taylor to same, Alexandria, 26 Mch., introducing Moore as “an old and respectable Citizen” of Alexandria qualified for appointment (RCs in same). The “letter of a more private nature” has not been identified.

On 2 Mch. John Adams nominated Cleon Moore as register of wills and justice of the peace for Alexandria County. Not having his commissions, Moore engaged the support of “Mr. Fitzhugh” (probably William), who had agreed that if he saw the president he would mention Moore’s nomination. In a statement dated 25 Mch., Moore reviewed his Revolutionary War experience and his need for the “Small emoluments” from these offices to support his large family (MS in DNA: RG 59, LAR, in Moore’s hand and signed by him, endorsed by TJ: “Cleon Moore, Register of wills”; JEP, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States… to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends 1:388). TJ signed a commission, dated 30 Mch. 1801, appointing Moore register of wills at Alexandria (Lb in DNA: RG 59, MPTPC; Appendix I, List 4).

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