Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Dougherty to Thomas Jefferson, 8 August 1813

From Joseph Dougherty

Washington City Augt 8th—13


In consequence of the packets being prevented from playing between1 this and Philada, I am deprived of the means of doing any thing in the porter line.

S. H Smith being lately appointed Commissioner of the revenue, will have the disposing of a variety of offices, Such as, assessors, stamper &c. Collectors will be appointed by the President.

A line from you to the President and mr Smith, would be the means of procuring one of these places for me.

Sorry am I sir to give you any farther2 trouble. I was doing well, and happy in my occupation. and I can assure you sir, that it is real necessity that causes me to ask your intercession, because I know that it is a delicate undertaking, but I confess sir, that I can approach you with a confidence that I cannot others

I hope that you and your family enjoy good health

I am sir your Humble Servt

Jos Dougherty

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Thos Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Aug. 1813, but recorded in SJL as received the following day.

Dougherty had run a business that bottled ale and porter in Washington since 1810 (Dougherty to TJ, 6 Dec. 1810). President James Madison appointed Samuel H. smith commissioner of the revenue on 29 July 1813, and the Senate confirmed him two days later (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 31 vols.  Congress. Ser., 17 vols.  Pres. Ser., 6 vols.  Sec. of State Ser., 8 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 6:484–5, 486; JEP, 2:416, 435).

1Manuscript: “betwen.”

2Manuscript: “farthe.”

Index Entries

  • Dougherty, Joseph; and porter business search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; letters from search
  • Dougherty, Joseph; seeks appointment search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; letters of application and recommendation to search
  • Madison, James; and appointments search
  • patronage; letters of application and recommendation to TJ search
  • Smith, Samuel Harrison; as commissioner of the revenue search