From John Jay1
Albany 23 Ap. 1799
Such was your Recommendation of Mr. Inglis2 for the place of a notary, that it is proper to mention to you the Reasons why he was not appointed. I think the number of officers should be regulated in general by the occasion or necessity there may be for them.
In the City of New York there are at least Twenty public notaries; and that number being in my opinion more than sufficient, it does not appear to me advisable to increase it. There are many Candidates, and there are some among them whom it would give me particular pleasure to appoint—such as—Mr Malcom3 who was recommended to me by the Presidt of the U. S.—Mr Lawrence,4 the Son of our Senator—Mr. Inglis—& two or three more.
Exclusive of Mr. Inglis, I find no less than sixteen names on the List of candidates—some of them of more than three Years Standing.5
|List of Notaries in the City of N York|
|John Wilkes||R. Van den Broeck||Ch. Adams||Wm. Bleecker|
|John Keese||Cadw. Colden||Fr. Lynch||Jams. Creighton|
|Jams. M. Hughes||Is. L. Kip||John S. Hunn||Ab. Skinner|
|Ed. Dunscomb||Th. Smith||Ch. Bridgen||Wm. Bache|
|Adrian Kissam||Ch. R. Richardson||John G. Bogart||Henry Remson|
There were other notaries in the city (some of them I have heard are dead, and others removed—perhaps some of them may be still there)—vizt. Jams. De Haert—Paul R. Randall—J. F. Roorbach—Is. Van Vleck—Wm. Brodie—Teunis Wortman—Dan. Thew &c—
Since I have been in the Govt. I have appointed no more than three in the City—Ab. Skinner—Wm. Bache in whose favor Mr. Popham6 resigned; and Henry Remson to succeed his Brother John.
These Details are prompted by the Respect due to your Recommendation and by the Esteem and Regard with which I am
Dr Sir Your most Obt. Servt.
Maj. Genl. Hamilton
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1. Jay was governor of New York.
3. Samuel B. Malcolm, a New York lawyer, had been private secretary to John Adams in 1797 and 1798.
4. John Mcdougall Laurance.
5. At this point in the letter Jay wrote and then crossed out:
|“George D. Cooper—1795||Gab. V. Ludlow||1796|
|Ths. L. Ogden||1796||Peter Hawes|
|Saml. Laurence||James Wood—1797|
|Wm. Paulding Jun||Henry Sands—1798|
|Ths. Ferdon||1798||John W. Mulligan||1798|
|Wm Coleman||Jonn. Pearsey|
|Wm. Kettlelas||S. B. Malcom|
|Heny Brewerton||John Lawrance”|
6. William Popham. See Philip Schuyler to H, August 31, 1795, note 7.