Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Warner, 16 March 1803

From John Warner

Wilmington March 16th 1803


As further establishment of the facts stated in my communication of the 14th Inst, I take the liberty to enclose two more numbers of the “Federal Ark.” I have reason to believe the Collector, perhaps from the Post master of this place, knows that a number of this paper has been sent to You in consequence of which the first paragraph under the Wilmington head is inserted. The intent is obvious.

I am very Respectfully Your Friend

John Warner

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 25 Mch. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: see below.

collector: Allen McLane. post master of this place: Joseph Bringhurst, a Republican, who took office in January 1802 (Stets, Postmasters description begins Robert J. Stets, Postmasters & Postoffices of the United States 1782–1811, Lake Oswego, Ore., 1994 description ends , 106; Latrobe, Correspondence description begins John C. Van Horne and Lee W. Formwalt, eds., The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, New Haven, 1984–88, 3 vols. description ends , 2:7n).

The initial paragraph under the wilmington head of the 16 Mch. issue of the Federal Ark reads: “The Office-Hunting Gentry must excuse us in refusing a place to their hypocritical declamation—their designs are seen through, and will in future be guarded against.” Under the same heading in the 12 Mch. issue of the newspaper it was charged that Hezekiah Niles, Warner, and several others had promised to use all of their influence “official, as well as secret” to have Nehemiah Tilton appointed collector and Isaac Hendrickson his deputy if the two, who were city officers, supported the effort to obtain public monies for the “Extension of the Market-House in a direction” that would increase the value of their property by 50 percent.

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