Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Stone, 1 May 1802

From David Stone

Saturday 1st May 1802

The enclosed note from Mr. Stanley contains a recommendation of Mr Selden Jasper as Surveyor at Slade’s Creek. No other person at this place has any knowledge of Mr Jasper or any one else in that quarter

David Stone

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); addressed: “The President of the United States.” Enclosure: John Stanly to Stone, undated, suggesting that Selden Jasper would discharge the duties of surveyor at Slade’s Creek, North Carolina, “with Ability and Integrity”; Stanly has no authority to nominate Jasper or to accept for him if appointed, “but the necessity of a present appointment will be met” (same, endorsed by TJ: “Jasper, Selden to be Surveyor of the customs at the port of Slade’s creek N.C. appmt to be made July 1. 1802. recommendn by mr Stanly,” also endorsed by TJ: “James Clarke to be Surveyor at the tomb-stone port N. Carolina. recommdd. by mr Stone”; see Albert Gallatin to TJ, 1 July and TJ to Gallatin, 2 July 1802).

A Federalist from New Bern, John Stanly (STANLEY) served in the House of Representatives from 1801 to 1803 and from 1809 to 1811 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ). SELDEN JASPER represented Hyde County in the North Carolina House of Commons in 1798. He did not receive the Slade’s Creek surveyorship, since TJ considered Stanly’s recommendation of him to be “very suspicious.” The appointment instead went to Henry Tuley (John L. Cheney, ed., North Carolina Government, 1685–1979: A Narrative and Statistical History [Raleigh, 1981], 238; 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 , 1:433; TJ to Gallatin, 2 July, 14 Aug. 1802).

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