12 Oct. 1807
Hubbel who had been appointed Collector of Snowhill Will not accept. There are two candidates whose recommendations are enclosed. Mr. Duval informs me that Handy tho’ recommended by Judge Polk & acquiesced to by Lloyd is federalist, and that Spence is republican.
You directed a commission (in August last) in favor of—Ruffin as Surveyor of Windsor N.C. This was on the recommendation of the collector of Edenton wh. I had transmitd to you. Afterwards Alston recommended Benajah Nichols & having I presume forgotten Ruffin’s appointment you directed a commission in his favor. This last, as the first had already been sent, I have detained & wrote to Alston, who had also written to me, that his letter had come too late, but that we would have an opportunity to consult with him before the nomination was sent to the Senate.
I enclose a letter from Mr Patterson for your determination.
With respectful attachment Your obedt. Servt.
Although I consider Gen. Shee as appointed, I send another application subsequently received.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.