Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Fowler, 11 December 1806

Savannah Georgia 11 Decr 1806


From a knowledge of your candour and inclination to receive the address of the individual citizen hath fostered in me a hope the following will not appear Irksome

In July last the Revenue Cutter of this District appeard destitute of Officers by the death of both the Master and first Mate—I segnifyd my intentions to a number of the most respectable Inhabitants this City affords who cheerfully joind in recommending me to your Excellency and not from a momentary knowledge but that of Years a Copy of their recommendation is hereunto subjoind the Original was forwarded under cover of my Letter to the honble Secratary of the Treasurey on the 19th July last—Not knowing if it ever reachd its destiny or not

Three days have elapsd since it hath been known that a Mr Newall is honord with that appointment an entire stranger in this place and to its coast’ Inletts and Rivers Those who recommended me feel agreivd at the disappointmt and have pressd me to communicate the same to every branch of goverment connected there with Intreating to learn the cause if by Loss of the communication or misrepresentation by Persons whose natural propensity is to thawrt the freinds of the existing administration under the color of Saints In either of those cases the Profound wisdom of your Excellency will discover the veil of Persons who for self interested veiws would persevere to points entirely new and difficult at this Distance to Defend in order to keep out well known persons signalisd for his exertions in the Prevention and Detection of frauds heretofore not doubting but the return of the Collector may be found on file in the Treasurey Departmt 1799 at least I have recd. a complimt from that collector on the Subject, to substantiate which I have inclosd my Original Orders on that subject &c I have wrote the honble Jno Milledge Esq now a member of the Honbe Senate who hath some months hence recd a Letter from me on the Subject of application and who have personally conversd with one or more of those whose names are annexd to the recomment

I trust and intreat your Excellency will cause some enquirey to be made through some confidential Persons on the premises—Beleiveing some imposition hath taken place and well assured if investigated to merit reward

With very great Respect and Consederation your Excellencys Most Obt Servt

Thos Fowler

P.S. From report the collectors office at St Marys will soon be vacant which I beg leave to mention should your Excellency be convincd of my attachmt

Ths Fowler

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

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