From Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey,
District of Little Egg-harbour.
Tuckerton October 1. 1801
The Memorial & Representation of the subscribers in behalf of themselves & other Republican cittizens of the District of Little-Egg-Harbour in the State of New-Jersey, Respectfully Sheweth.
That in consequence of a cruel persecution and an unjust & unfounded complaint encouraged by the late Secretary of the Treasury against Ebenezer Tucker Esquire a republican late Collector of the […] […]s’d. he was induced (by the advice of his friends) to […] said Office. And in his place was appointed by the late [admin]istration a young man by the name of Wm. Watson a native residentor of Burlington, fifty miles distant from the district aforsd. an entire stranger in the district and had not, nor yet hath, any property in the place either real or personal, and we further represent that in the late contested Elections for President, Congress, & State Legislature, he has Strenuously opposed the republican Interest, a specimen of his modesty will be seen by a recurrence to the New-Jersey Federalist annexed. Not only so he has repeatedly absented himself from the district and from the duties of his Office from three to six weeks at a time, to the great inconvenience of the commercial interest of the place. Not only so he has taken the men out of the revenue Boat Patterson employed on this station, to go after his private business while they were paid by the public, & further he does not pay the boatmen he employs their wages, except by his notes and several good men have left the service for that reason, For all those reasons the citizens in General & in Particular the republican citizens of this district wish him removed, & that our late Collector may be reinstated, or that Capt. Silas Crane (a firm republican) a man of respectability & property may be appointed to succeed Mr. Watson, and we as in duty bound will every pray.—
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); torn; at head of text: “To the President of the United States”; in Samuel Rose’s hand and signed by him and fourteen others; endorsed by TJ: “Little Egg harbor N.J. […]ved. […]mmended.”
Ebenezer Tucker, a shipbuilder, merchant, and judge, of Burlington County, New Jersey, was appointed surveyor of the port of Little Egg Harbor in 1789. He became its collector and inspector of the revenue in 1796 and later postmaster at Tuckerton and a member of Congress. He was heavily involved in the partisan battles in New Jersey politics in 1801 (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 , 1:212–13; Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; Washington, Papers, Pres. Ser. description begins W. W. Abbot, Dorothy Twohig, Philander D. Chase, Theodore J. Crackel, and others, eds., The Papers of George Washington, Charlottesville, 1983–, 48 vols.: Presidential Series, 1987–, 12 vols. description ends , 5:61; Carl E. Prince, New Jersey’s Jeffersonian Republicans: The Genesis of an Early Party Machine 1789–1817 [Chapel Hill, N.C., 1967], 105).
In April 1802, TJ nominated Silas Crane as the successor to William Watson, who was removed for absence and neglect of office (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 , 1:422; Vol. 33:669, 673, 679).