Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Edmund Searcy, 2 July 1804

Kentucky, Woodford County July 2nd. 1804


When I wrote you on the Subject of exploring a part of Louisianie, the Red and Arkensas Rivers, being doubtful whether an appointment of that Kind would be made, my letter was not accompanied with any papers shewing my standing as a man of business; I now make free to trouble you with the inclosed Certificate. Should you incline to favour my request, I can if Necessary forward to you other and further recommendation; It would give me much satisfaction to receive Some information on the Subject.

I am Sir Your Most Obedient Huml Sert.

Edmund Searcy

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.


The honourable Thomas Jefferson President of United America

From a Resolution of Congress your undersigned fellow Citizens discover that the President is invested with power & authorised to appoint some fit person for exploring a part of Louisiania, the Country including Red River & the Arkensas—We therfore take the liberty of recommending to the President Capt Edmon Searsey as a proper person for that important & arduous enterprise From Conversation & interview with Capt Searsey we have asertaind his willingness & promptitude to serve his Country in the above appointment. Capt Edmon Searsey was an early adventurer to Kentucky & equal to any in the various expeditions against those indian tribes who invaded this State By which he is well acquainted with the warfare. The manners and disposition of those indians & he has justly been considered as a bold enterprising & intrepid Citizen—& a firm patriot which has rendered him very respectable & gained him confidence He has long been employed in the Service of his County & for many years has acted in the civil department as Sheriff for his County &c & has also acted with credit as a solder to the military office of Captain. These considerations combind with his knowledge of surveying & geography & his knowledge in general we are happy in feeling confident that he is qualified to effect the object of such an appointment by making an accurate return of the geographical Situation of the Country, the soil &c to the satisfaction to the President & his Country—Upon this belief of his integrity, his courage, perseverance, his experience & his ability we should feel happy if your excellency should think it convenient & expedient to appoint our worthy Citizen to the above office & in duty bound we

remain your Sincere friend & fellow Citizens

Christr. Greenup

Chs. Scott

Peyton Short

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