Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Turner, 25 April 1803

From Joseph Turner

Brunswick, Georgia, 25th. April, 1803


I have received from the Comptroller of the Treasury two Commissions with your signature annexed to each, conferring on me the office of Collector of the Customs, & Inspector of the Revenue for the District of Brunswick.

Permit me, Sir, to assure you that I shall exert myself not to disappoint the confidence which you have been pleased to repose in me; that I am happy in the opportunity which now presents itself of executing the duties of these offices under your superintendence; under the auspices of our chief Magistrate, who, by the propriety & wisdom of his administration deserves the confidence, & commands the respect, the admiration of the people over whom he presides, & whose welfare, whose happiness, he contemplates with unceasing attention.

It will be my highest ambition to merit your approbation.

I am, Sir, with the utmost deference & respect Your obliged, humble servant

Jh. Turner

RC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 May and so recorded in SJL.

The appointment of Joseph Turner was confirmed by the Senate on 15 Nov. 1803. He continued in office at Brunswick, Georgia, throughout TJ’s presidency. His duties included providing and supervising the contract for the erection of the lighthouse on St. Simons Island (Gallatin, Papers description begins Carl E. Prince and Helene E. Fineman, eds., The Papers of Albert Gallatin, microfilm edition in 46 reels, Philadelphia, 1969, and Supplement, Barbara B. Oberg, ed., reels 47–51, Wilmington, Del., 1985 description ends , 18:884; 19:30; 20:457, 464; 48:172–4, 196–7; 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 , 1:454, 455; TJ to the Senate, 11 Nov. 1803). For Turner’s appointment, see also Gallatin to TJ, 14 Mch.

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