Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jonathan Shoemaker, 31 March 1806

Columbia Mills
March 31t. 1806

My Friend

I Understand Congress have Passed a Law for making a road from Cumberland to the Ohio and that three Commissioners are to be appointed by the President to View the ground and Mark out the road, and as I Claim to have some knowledge of Making roads over Mountains, as being Engaged in it in a Variety of Instances wilst living in the Northern Parts of Pensylvania, I therefore take the Liberty of offering myself as an Applicant for the Appointment, and if no other Persons who the President Should think Qualified better Should Offer I would thank him to Consider me, if thee Should think it Necessary I believe I can get Several Members of Congress from Pensylvania to give their Opinion as to my Capability—I Shall do myself the Pleasure of Calling on thee in a few days. I am Respectfully [. . .]

Jonathan Shoemaker

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

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