From Albert Gallatin
Treasury Department 9th August 1802
I have the honor to enclose a letter from the Commissioner of the revenue together with one from the Collector of New London, and unite in recommending Joseph Griffin as a suitable person to keep the light house on Faulkner’s island.
I have the honor to be with the highest respect Sir Your most obdt. Servt.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the Treasury Department on 12 Aug. and “Light house Faulkner’s island” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.
COLLECTOR OF NEW LONDON: Jedediah Huntington. For the construction of the lighthouse on Falkner’s Island and recommendations for another candidate as lighthouse keeper, see Vol. 35:91–2, 492. Joseph Griffing (GRIFFIN) served as lighthouse keeper from 1802 to 1808 (Harlan Hamilton, Lights & Legends: A Historical Guide to Lighthouses of Long Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound and Block Island Sound [Stamford, Conn., 1987], 116).