From David Stone
Bertie County 3d Novr 1802
It is here said [it is] probable Mr West the present Marshall [for] this District will decline acting again in that capacity—should Mr West (against whom it is not understood there is any cause of complaint) decline, or it be thought a[dvis]able to appoint another to his place I take the liberty to mention Mr. John Lockhart of Northampton County as very capable to discharge the duties of that Office. Mr. Lockhart has acted a considerable time as Sheriff of the County in which he lives and latterly as a deputy to Mr. West and as far as I can learn has the United Testimony of the Bench and Bar in favor of his skilful, impartial, diligent and punctual discharge of his duty in both capacities
I have the honor to be with the highest Respect & Esteem &c
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); torn; endorsed by TJ as received 7 Dec. and “Lockhart John to be Marshal N.C. v. West” and so recorded in SJL.
TJ nominated John Spence WEST for reappointment as marshal for North Carolina on 17 Dec. The Senate consented to the nomination three days later (TJ to the Senate, 17 Dec. 1802; 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 , 1:426).
JOHN LOCKHART had forwarded to James Madison letters of recommendation from Nathaniel Macon and Henry Potter (Macon to Madison, 4 Sep. 1802, in DNA: RG 59, LAR, endorsed by TJ: “John Lockhart to be Marshal N.C.”; Potter to Madison, 7 Sep. 1802, same; Lockhart to Madison, 8 Oct. 1802, same; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 33 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 1986–, 9 vols.; Pres. Ser., 1984–, 6 vols.; Ret. Ser., 2009–, 1 vol. description ends ., 3:547–8, 556–7; 4:4). TJ appointed Lockhart to the North Carolina marshalcy in December 1806 (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 , 2:45).