§ From Thomas Huntington1
19 February 1805, Hartford. “I have been requested to write to The President in behalf of Noah Lester Esq, of Middlesex County, in this State.2
“I have Known M Lester several years, his Character & Talents as a man of Integrity, & a Lawyer are Respectable.
“And his Uniform Attachment to the Constitution, and the System of measures pursued by the present Administration, have procured him the hatred of ’its enemies & the esteem of ’its Friends.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1801–9, filed under “Lester”). 1 p.; docketed by Jefferson: “Lester Noah—emploimt. Michigan Huntington to mr. Madison.”
1. Thomas Huntington (1773–1833) was a Hartford, Connecticut, attorney (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 10 : 283).
2. Republican attorney Noah Lester did not receive an appointment in Michigan Territory, but on 18 June 1808 he was named captain in the light dragoons. In December 1812 Lester resigned his commission and returned to Killingworth, Connecticut, to practice law (Senate Exec. Proceedings, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1828). description ends 2:97, 103; Heitman, Historical Register, 1:629; Henry Whittemore, ed., The History of Middlesex County, Connecticut, with Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men [ New York, 1884], 239).