From John Irvin
Lancaster Fairfield County S. Ohio
17th. May 1803
On perusing a Law of the last session of Congress, I observed that provisions were made for establishing a Land Office at the Town of Zaneville. should a Register not be appointed to that Office, I beg leave to offer myself as a candidate, and should it be concieved proper to confer that office on my self, it shall be my constant care, and greatest Pleasure, to discharge the duties appertaining to the same, with that Assiduity, and Punctuality, which the importance of the institution requires
Except, Sir, the high Esteem of Your Humble Servant
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 7 July and “to be Register at Zaneville” and so recorded in SJL.
John Irvin (d. 1828) was the son of Presbyterian minister William Irvin of Albemarle County, Virginia. He immigrated to the west like several of his brothers, two of whom became successful judges and politicians in Ohio and another in Wisconsin. John, however, returned to Albemarle, where he became a county magistrate (Woods, Albemarle description begins Edgar Woods, Albemarle County in Virginia, Charlottesville, 1901 description ends , 232–4; William Irvin to TJ, 2 July 1803).
law of the last session: on 3 Mch. 1803, as part of an act regarding land grants, Congress authorized the establishment of a land office at Zanesville, Ohio, and the appointment of a register and receiver for the same (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States…1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:236–7).