Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Smith, 6 April 1806

Washington City April 6th. 1806


Under a law of the present Session of Congress, a road is to be laid out from Cumberland, to a given point on the Ohio. Commissioners are to be appointed for designating the passage of the road, & the President is empowered to appoint those Commissioners.

Doct Ezekiel W. Bull of Jefferson County Virga wishes to be employed in this business, & we beg leave to recommend him to your attention. This Gentleman is a Man of science & information, regularly bred to his profession, but which he has declined the practice of, from a partiality for rural, & agricultural pursuits. Doct. Bull never was in the western Country, & is without connexion with the people, or interest in the soil; his object is, to view the Country, & perhaps, few men are better acquainted with the practicability of removing the impediments which may appear, & estimating the labor essential for the purpose.

We are therefore Sir, confident in declaring the capability of Doct. Bull, & our belief of his faithful discharge of the duty.

We are Sir, with high respect & esteem– your obt. Servts–

John Smith

J G Jackson

John Morrow

Jos. Lewis Jr.

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

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