Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Josiah Smith, 24 September 1802

To Josiah Smith

Monticello Sep. 24. 1802.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 8th. is recieved. that of July 19. under your name is preserved & shall be forwarded to you by post if desired. it recommended Wm. Goodwin of Plymouth, Capt. Robert Ells of Hanover, capt. Joseph Hunt or Hurst of Marshfield, Danl. Snow of Bridgewater to be commissioners of bankruptcy for Plymouth County, or perhaps for that & Barnstable. mr Madison tells me he received a letter from you on the subject of an address to me. perhaps this might be from the same hand, which I observe differs from that of yours of the 8th. Accept my friendly & respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

RC (George S. Heyer, Jr., New Haven, Connecticut, 1960); at foot of text: “Josiah Smith esq.” PrC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Tr (MWA: William Bentley Papers).

Federalist William GOODWIN served as revenue inspector and postmaster at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Robert Ellis (ELLS) became postmaster at Hanover and JOSEPH HUNT at Marshfield, both in Plymouth County, in March and April 1802, respectively. Republican Daniel SNOW ran for the state senate in 1802 and won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1803 (Prince, Federalists description begins Carl E. Prince, The Federalists and the Origins of the U.S. Civil Service, New York, 1977 description ends , 41; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Miscellaneous, 1:264; Stets, Postmasters description begins Robert J. Stets, Postmasters & Postoffices of the United States 1782–1811, Lake Oswego, Ore., 1994 description ends , 147–9; Boston Independent Chronicle, 15 Mch. 1802; Newburyport Herald, 13 May 1803).

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