Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Gerard Steddiford, 20 March 1806

on or before 20 Mch. 1806


It having been intimated to me that Col Wm Smith Surveor of the port of New York will in all probability be suspended from the exercise of the duties of that office if not altogether dicharged there from—Permit me in either of those events to solicit of your Excellency the Nomination to the office. My pretensions to make this Request of your Excellency, are not founded on persinal acquaintance but from having served as an officer in the Revolutionary War, and since that Period Supported the Republican interest in this State which has so gloriously resulted in the present happy Administration under the Auspices of your Exellency—Since the pease and at present I have born my full share of Public duty as an officer under the Militia establishment. Where I have Reaped honor with toil without any Profit, but on the Contrary Considerable expence—

for Recommendation in point of Character I Refer you to his Excellency the Vice Presidint and the members who compose the representation from this State, and particularly to the former Who has a Personal Knowledge of me—

I am Very Respectfully Your Excellencies Obedt Sert

Gerard Steddiford

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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