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To Thomas Jefferson from Dennis Smelt, 15 December 1808

Congress Hall Dec. 15th. 08.

To the President of the United States,

Having understood that there is a judical Vacancy in the Mississippie Territory we recommend for that office George Poindexter Esq He has practised Law in the Territory Six years, during which time he acted as atto general for the Territory and was the acting atto for the U-States. He recd the Suffrages of ¾ of the people in the Territory after having served them in Congress from an election of the Legeslature & before that time Served in the Territorial Legeslature—His acquaintance with the practice of the Courts there has been dereved from experience and his knowledge of the nature of contracts & usages of the Citizens of the Territory must be dereved from the same source—We conceve & believe that he is a firm republican & attached to the principles of the present administration & well qualified for the appointment—

D: Smelt.

and 25 other signatures

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

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