Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jacob Crowninshield, Ebenezer Seaver, and Richard Cutts, 23 March 1804

From Jacob Crowninshield, Ebenezer Seaver, and Richard Cutts

Washington 23d March 1804

Sir

Should you think it necessary to remove Mr. Hodge the surveyor for Newbury port Massachusetts, we beg leave to recommend Francis Carr Esqe as his successor.—

We have reason to believe, from the best information we have been able to collect, that Mr. Hodge does not conduct himself in the most prudent manner. We have understood from good authority that he is a high party man, generally very active in all the elections, and using his influence against the republicans. We have no personal knowledge on these points but we can not doubt the facts. We have known Mr. Carr for several years, he is a worthy man, of correct republican principles, and every way suitable for the place in question, and we are of opinion that his appointment will be agreeable to the people in the district, who are friendly to the Administration, and render essential service to that cause which we all so highly prize.—

We have the honor to be Sir with the highest respect Your Most Obedt servts

Jacob Crowninshield

Ebenr. Seaver

Richd Cutts

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); in Crowninshield’s hand, signed by all; at foot of text: “T. Jefferson President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Mch. and “Carr Francis to be Surveyor of Newbury port v.   Hodge” and so recorded in SJL.

Ebenezer Seaver (1763-1844) graduated from Harvard College in 1784. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1794 to 1802 and again after he left Congress. In 1802, he was elected as a Republican representative to Congress, as were Crowninshield and Cutts. Seaver continued in office until 1813 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ; Newark, N.J., Centinel of Freedom, 16 Nov. 1802; Boston Evening Transcript, 4 Mch. 1844).

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