From Samuel Broome
Greenfield Hill Connecticut Augt. 9th. 1803.
I did myself the Honor to address a line lately to your Excellency, Since the date thereof, the Office of Collector has become Vacant by the death of Samuel Bishop Esqr. My friends advise me to apply for said office, once more. your Excellency may recollect, you was then adresed upon the Subject,1 by my son in Law, Joseph Fay Esqr. of New york, as also by myself, I again take that freedom, in the hope that I may be thought Suitable to discharge the trust, which should I be so fortunate as to be appointed, it shall be guaranteed in the most ample manner.
I believe your excellency will be Written to, in my behalf, those letters, I should bring with me, but if I pass through New york, I cannot through Philadelphia, as I am informed, the Communication betwixt said Cities is suspended. I expect to leave home tomorrow for the City of Washington, where I hope I shall meet your Excellency in the enjoyment of health, and disposed (if I am thought worthy) to add to the favors Confer’d on me some years since in Paris.—It not being proper to pass through New york may Occasion a delay of some days.
I am with Sincere regard, your Excellincys Most Obedient Servant
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “His Excellency the President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Aug. and “to be Collectr. New Haven vice Saml. Bishop decd” and so recorded in SJL.
joseph fay had written TJ on 11 Apr. 1801, soliciting an appointment for Broome and enclosing a letter from Broome to TJ of 8 Apr. (Vol. 33:570-2). Fay would be among the victims of the yellow fever outbreak in new york, dying on 26 Oct. 1803 (New York Evening Post, 26 Oct. 1803). For the restricted communication between New York and Philadelphia due to the disease, see Benjamin Rush to TJ, 5 Aug. 1803.
Broome first made TJ’s acquaintance in paris in 1789 and received a passport from him in July of the same year (Vol. 14:560; Vol. 15:92, 486; Vol. 33:572n).
1. MS: “Susject.”