Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Levi Lincoln, on or before 5 June 1803

From Levi Lincoln

[on or before 5 June 1803]


The names, agt Worcester, in the memorandum were intended for commissioners of bankruptcy;—Vaughan I think was designed to supply the place of one who had not accepted, Cohen, I have no recollection of—Hull was named, altho the commission was considered as full, to quiet his feelings, which appeared to have been very much hurt, from an idea of his having been neglected—As the commissioners, in Boston, are now organised & are acting, without him: I doubt whether it Would be best to make that appointment—I think it would not satisfy him, & something better may be done for him hereafter—

most respectfully yours

Levi Lincoln

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 2:0417–18); undated; at foot of text: “President of U.S.”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 June and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ: “Commrs. bkrptcy Worcester.”

memorandum: see document printed immediately above. No cover letter was found with TJ’s list.

hull was named: William Hull was not included on TJ’s lists of candidates and appointees for bankruptcy commissioner and his name does not appear on the State Department’s list of commissions for that office. TJ appointed him governor of Michigan Territory in early 1805 (list of commissions in Lb in DNA: RG 59, MPTPC; commission dated 1 Mch. 1805, in same; Vol. 37:703–11).

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