Memorandum from Albert Gallatin, with Jefferson’s Comment
[before 24 Apr. 1802]
North Carolina recomnds
Laurence Mooney present surveyor of Winton has been absent, in Ireland, five years & his business done by deputy. he is returned and to be continued
Frederick B. Sawyer present surveyor at Newbiggen Creek has removed 25 miles
The above communicated by Mr. Johnson M.C. for N. Carolina who makes the enclosed recommendat[ions]
MS (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 8:0397); undated; in Gallatin’s hand, with words supplied in italics added by TJ, probably after receiving Gallatin’s letter of 24 Apr. Enclosure: perhaps two recommendations on a scrap of paper in Charles Johnson’s hand, the first for James L. Shannonhouse as surveyor at Newbiggin Creek “in the room of Frederick Sawyer moved from thence” and the second for Thomas N. Brickell as surveyor at Winton in the place of Laurence Moody (that is, Mooney) “many years absent in Europe” (MS in same, 1:1072–3; undated; unsigned; endorsed by Gallatin: “Surveyors North Carola. recommended by Mr Stone & Mr Johnson”).
In a letter of 10 Dec. 1801, Hardy Murfree informed Charles Johnson that LAURENCE MOONEY, the surveyor at Winton, had gone to Ireland shortly after his appointment, leaving James Frasure, his deputy who lived ten miles away, in charge. Murfree recommended Thomas N. Brickell, a justice of the peace and former sheriff, for the position, noting that he lived “on the spot” (RC in DNA: RG 59, LAR; endorsed by TJ: “H. Murfree to Chas Johnson Thos. N. Brickell to be surveyor of the port of Winton, N.C. vice Laurence Moody, absent in Europe”). George Washington appointed Mooney to the surveyorship in February 1795 (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:171).
M.C.: member of Congress.