Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Willis Alston, 18 November 1808

Representative Chamber Novr 18th 1808

Dear sir,

Herewith you are presented with 2 petitions or recommendations in favour of the appointment of Jordan Shepherd as collector at Washington (NC) in place of Keais decd.

I feel no interest in the appointment whatever I shall be satisfied at which may succeed

I am your most Obt St

Willis Alston

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


State of North Carolina
Beaufort County
October 29th. 1808—

To the President of
the United States

The death of Mr. William Keais the late collector of the customs for the port of Washington has occasioned a Vacancy in that office, and as another person will be appointed to Supply his place we the undersigned without wishing to interfere in the Official duties of the President hope that it may not be considered presumptious in us to recommend Mr. Jorden Shepherd formerly our neighbour and now a resident of the county of Pitt, as a man of Sobriety, integrity, fidelity and talents, one who is in easy circumstances, a warm republican, and a great Supporter of the present administration and in our estimation well qualified in all respects, to fill that office

James Read

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