14. July 1804
I find on a diligent and particular enquiry of the Overseer & others who saw the riotous workmen parading the streets, and heard a good deal of what was said amongst them that Matthias Thyne (or Kyan) Charles Dent, Mark Fahey, Thomas Bean, John King Thomas Crowley, then in the public works, and Brian Sarner & one or two others, whose names are not known, and who were not employed by the public, were the persons who excited the late disorderly behavior, and were most active and insolent on the occasion; and several of those who have been dismissed in consequence of the riot declare that had it not been for Kyan they believe it would not have taken place, but that Dent & Fahey pretty readily joined him, and, with Brian Sarner, threatened & abused those who refused, or were backward until they agreed to “turn out” as they term it.—
I Have the Honor to be with the greatest respect Sir Yr mo Ob Servt.
Timothy King the man mentioned in Mr. Gallatins note was said, at first, to be a principal, but I suspect it was a mistake—I have known him 5 or 6 years and always thought him a well-disposed poor ignorant inoffensive creature.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.