Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Abraham Bishop, 13 July 1804

Collectors Office New Haven
July, 13th. 1804.


I have the honor to inclose an address from the merchants in this district in behalf of Mr Peter Totten & am, Sir

with perfect respect Yr Obdt Servt

Abrm Bishop Collr.

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


New Haven 13th July 1804


We are informed that Mr. Henry Cooper, lately American Consul at St. Croix has resigned his functions.

As the principal commerce of this State, & especially of this District is at St. Croix, we shall esteem ourselves highly favor’d by the appointment of a Consul, of whose integrity & ability we have had experience.

Mr. Peter Totten, who has acted as Vice-Consul, since the first of April 1801, and who has done the principal business is personally known to us, and we beleive him highly worthy of the appointment as consul for that Island.

Frederick Hurst

[and 33 others]

[Note in TJ’s hand:] What does mr Granger know of Totten, & what are the politics of the Petitioners?


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