Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jacob Wagner, 6 February 1802

From Jacob Wagner

6 Feby. 1802

J: Wagner presents his best respects to the President of the U. States and has the honor to enclose a list of the Justices for Washington County. Mr. Moore’s name being inserted on an erasure of the original commission, it is probable, that he was substituted for Mr. Law, and J:W. thinks he remembers that Mr. Stoddert was substituted for Mr. Laird

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 8:0412). Enclosure not found.

For a printed copy of the original commission, dated 16 Mch. 1801, in which the 15 justices of the peace for Washington County were named, including Benjamin More and Benjamin Stoddert, see RCHS description begins Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 1895–1989 description ends , 5 [1902], 266.

On this date Wagner also wrote Meriwether Lewis. He had recently alerted the president’s secretary about a discrepancy he had found in the “transcript of the Minutes of the Senate” of 6 Jan. regarding the appointments for Washington County, observing “that the name of Benjamin Moore, appointed a justice of the peace for this county, in the recess, was omitted in the nominations.” After a further examination, Wagner found that John Laird, who was not appointed during the recess, was on TJ’s 6 Jan. list of interim appointments. He also noted that “Jonah Thompson” appeared on the 6 Jan. list as “Josiah Thompson” (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 8:0413–14). See TJ to the Senate: Interim Appointments, 6 Jan., especially Documents II and III.

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