Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Nathaniel Alexander, 30 July 1807

Raleigh N.C. July 30th. 1807


In answer to your communication dated the 22d. of May last, enclosing to me a blank commission, for the purpose of inserting therein the name of such person as I might think worthy of the Office of Marshal of this District. I have to inform you, that John S. West Esquire the late Marshal has been prevailed upon to accept of the appointment, and the commission filled up accordingly in his name. In the execution of this trust, I have to Observe that it was with considerable reluctance that Mr. West again accepted of the commission, and which I believe he would not have done, had he not entertained the hope that the Emoluments of the Office would be so encreased as to indemnify him for his services. If the ensuing Congress should refuse an encrease of Salary to the Marshal of this State, I doubt very much whether any man of respectabily can be prevailed upon to accept of the Office

With high respect and consederation I am Your Most Obedt

Natl Alexander

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

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