Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Lucas Sullivant, 3 September 1807

Franklinton Franklin County. Ohio.
3rd Sepr 1807.


Understanding that Congress has passed a law for the disposial of the lands in the late Purchase made by the United States from the Indians and laying North of the Indian line So called as Designated in Waynes Treaty at Greenville and Adjoining the Connecticut Reserve—By which law the President is Authorised to Appoint a Regester and a Receiver of Publick Money, and to designate at What Place the office for the Sale of said lands shall be opened. Presuming Then that the President will resort to the source of information which he may Receive to enable him to designate the most Suitable Place to open the land office and like wise to enable him to Select the most Suitable Persons to fill the different Appointments (Shoud Such be Selected from among the Citizens of Ohio). There fore I have taken the Liberty to name Frederick Town on Owl Creek as being an Eligable place. It is within about four Miles of the lands to be offered for Sale—and Through Frederick town Now passes the Road Laid out under the directions of Commissioners Appointed by the legislature of this State. From Franklinton to the Portage on Cayuhoga and passes through the lands to be offer’d for sale—for a very Considerable distance—which may Reasonable afford a direct inlet into the tract of Contry for sale, and will afford to Strangers disposed to Purchase an easy or immediate Communiation from the lands for Sale to the office—I also name Maxfield Ludlow of Hambleton County in this State whose known Integrity and Abilities points him out among his Acquaintances as a trust Worthy Character to fill the office of Register and whose Respectable Standing in Society and among the friends of his Country Warrants a Confidence of a faithfull Performance of the duties Required of One filling a Publick Appointment—

With High Respect & due Esteem I am Sir yrs Respectfully

Lucas Sullivant

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

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