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Memorandum from Christopher Ellery and Joseph Stanton, Jr., 30 April 1802

Memorandum from Christopher Ellery and Joseph Stanton, Jr.

Persons worthy to be appointed Commissioners of Bankrupts in the State of Rhode Island &c—

Constant Taber
Samuel Vernon
Thomas Peckham
Paul M Mumford
} of Newport, County of Newport
John Waite
James Sheldon
William Taylor
Thomas Rumreill
Amos Cross
Thomas Cole
George Thomas
} South Kingston
So. Kingston
North Kingston
No. Kingston
No. Kingston
} County of Washington
James D.Wolf
Charles Collins jun.
Gustavus Baylies
} Bristol
} County of Bristol
Benjamin Tillinghast } East Greenwich } County of Kent

The subscribers have the honor to recommend to the President of the United States the gentlemen whose names are above written as Commissioners of Bankrupts—

Christ. Ellery

Jos: Stanton

MS (DNA: RG 59, LAR); in Ellery’s hand, signed by Ellery and Stanton; at foot of text: “President of the U States”; endorsed by TJ: “Rhode isld. Commrs. of bkrptcy”; TJ drew a diagonal line through the candidates for the counties of Washington, Bristol, and Kent and added in pencil in the left margin: “no appmt necessary in these places no courts held there”; TJ also added in pencil at foot of text: “mr Foster is to furnish names for Providce.”

Joseph Stanton, Jr. (1739–1807) represented Rhode Island in Congress as a senator from 1790 to 1793 and as a representative from 1801 to 1807 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).

CONSTANT TABER, SAMUEL VERNON, THOMAS PECKHAM, and PAUL M. MUMFORD all received appointments as commissioners of bankruptcy for Rhode Island in June 1802 (Newport Rhode-Island Republican, 26 June 1802). For the recommendations by Theodore Foster for commissioners at Providence, see Arthur Fenner and Theodore Foster to TJ, 15 June 1802.

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