From William J. Stone
Columbia (Va) Octo 8th. 1803
I suppose that Louisiana will be laid off in States, and it will be necessary to have Registers of Land Offices appointed in each; when the arrangement is made I have no doubt but what you wou’d as soon give me such an appointment as any other person by your having sufficient recommendation and assurances of my capability of fulfilling the duties of the Office. You will please give me an answer on the subject and consider me as if I was satisfactorily recommended to you—your humble Servant
W. J. Stone
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at head of text: “Mr Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 Oct. and “to be Register ld off. Louisiana” and so recorded in SJL.
William J. Stone (d. 1822) resided in Fluvanna County and served as an infantry lieutenant and clerk during the War of 1812. He did not receive a Louisiana appointment from TJ and unsuccessfully sought his assistance in 1810 and 1812 in settling a land dispute (RS description begins J. Jefferson Looney and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Princeton, 2004- , 10 vols. description ends , 3:179, 211; 5:15-16, 97).