Dept of State, Augt 7. 1804.
The Marshal of this District left in my hands a few days ago, in the absence of Mr. Wagner, the enclosed list of persons, as suitable Characters for Justices of the peace in Washington County; and he informed me at the same time that it was your wish, a Commission should be made out, & forwarded to you, for the persons recommended by him. I take the liberty therefore, the Chief Clerk being still absent, to forward a Blank Commission to you herewith, as well as the Marshals memorandum. I have the Honor to be, with the highest Respect, Sir, Your Mo: Obedt & very Hble Servt.
Samuel N Smallwood
Robert Alexander, junior
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.