From David Meade Randolph1
Newport [Virginia] September 3, 1797. “I have witnessed the decease of Majr. Lindsay,2 the collector of Norfolk in Virginia; and feel myself greatly interested in the appointment of his successor. Mr. Francis S. Taylor, the bearer, I have had a personal acquaintance with several years, and in addition to the high character whh. I know him to support, he has acted as deputy in the office for some time—until his qualifications for other business, and the small pittance afforded him in that office, induced him to resign—since which period, possessing the confidence of the Collector, and understanding the business better, he has had the superintendance of the same—and that too from no other consideration, than friendship for the deceased.… This application to you for an exertion of your influence, I hope will be pardoned.…”3
ALS, RG 59, General Records of the State Department, Applications and Recommendations, 1792–1801, National Archives.
1. Randolph was appointed marshal of the Virginia District on November 3, 1791, and was reappointed to that position in 1795 and 1799 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 88, 194, 326).
2. William Lindsay.
3. Taylor did not receive the appointment. On November 24, 1797, President John Adams nominated Otway Bird, and the Senate approved the appointment the following day (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 251).