Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Newton, 7 July 1801

From Thomas Newton

Norfolk July 7th 1801


I have long known Capt. F. Bright, & have ever considered him as a faithful officer to the public. he commanded the Armed Brig Northampton belonging to the State & was esteemd for activity & discipline during the war—since the commencement of the General Government he has been employ’d in the Revenue service in which I have ever believed him a vigilant Officer having the interest of his Country at heart. I am most respectfully

Yr. obt Servt

Thos Newton

RC (NHi: Gallatin Papers); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr President.”

Francis Bright, commander of the U.S. revenue cutter Virginia, was a captain in the Virginia navy during the Revolutionary War. On 10 July, Newton wrote to Gallatin to inform him that Bright was on his way to Washington to discuss a “plan for the future regulation of the Cutter” (NDQW description begins Dudley W. Knox, ed., Naval Documents Related to the Quasi-War between the United States and France, Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., 1935–38, 7 vols. (cited by years) description ends , Dec. 1800–Dec. 1801, 362, 371; Washington, Papers, Pres. Ser. description begins W. W. Abbot, Dorothy Twohig, Philander D. Chase, Theodore J. Crackel, and others, eds., The Papers of George Washington, Charlottesville, 1983–, 48 vols.: Presidential Series, 1987–, 12 vols. description ends , 6:496–8; Gallatin, Papers description begins Carl E. Prince and Helene E. Fineman, eds., The Papers of Albert Gallatin, microfilm edition in 46 reels, Philadelphia, 1969, and Supplement, Barbara B. Oberg, ed., reels 47–51, Wilmington, Del., 1985 description ends , 5:337; Vol. 17:310).

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