[22 Mch. 1806]
New Jersey Middx. County
Thomas Ward, one of the petitioners named in the annexed petition, being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that he was entirely ignorant that there was a penalty imposed by law for the employment of any other than free white persons as drivers of the Carriage in which the Mail is carried but that as soon as he was informed of such provision and penalty, he the said deponent, withdrew the black drivers of the Mail stage, from that employment, and has since employed none but free white persons in that service.
Sworn the 22d. day of March An. Dom. 1806. Before Thomas Hill Justice of Peace & one of Judges of the Court of Common Pleas at the County of Middlesex—
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.