Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Washington Johnston, 29 June 1805

Vincennes June 29th. 1805.

Honored Sir

In addition to a recommendation Made in my favor by Governor Harrison (which I doubt not You’l find in the Honble. The Secretary of State’s (Mr. Gallatin’s) Office, having been inclosed by me, Some time since—) I inclose you a Recommendatory Petition, Signed by a Number of Actual Settlers and farmers of Louissiana.

Excuse, if you Please, my intrusion! I am Honored Sir Your Hu’ble. Servt.

Genl. W. Johnston

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


District of St. Louis

Thomas Jefferson Esquire President
of the
United States of America

May 16th. 1805. The humble Petition of the Undersigned Citizens of the District of Saint Louis, in the District of Louissiana.

Respectfully Sheweth

That in and by the Act of Congress entitled An Act for Ascertaining & adjusting the titles & Claims to land, within the Territory of Orleans and District of Louisiana.

Approved the 2. of March 1805 (instant) We discover that a Land Office or an Office for the Recording and Adjustment of Claims to Lands in the said District of Louissiana, is to be Opened—for the Carrying on and Completion of Which, a Recorder of Land Titles is to be Appointed by your Excellency

From our Acquaintance with General Washington Johnston, and his knowledge of the French and English languages; We take the liberty of recommending to, and earnestly soliciting your Excellency, That you will Appoint and Commission him as Recorder of Land-Titles in & for the said District of Louissiana.

And your Petitioners as in duty &c

Wm Ross

and 89 other signatures

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