Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Nathan Pendleton, 7 April 1806

State of Connecticut, Stonington
Apl. 7th 1806—


  The Town of Stonington have had a petition before Congress the present Session, to be reestablished a distinct District and port of entry—That trusting the reasonableness of their request will eventually ensure Success, In which case a collector of the customs will be Necessary, And not doubting but that the president would wish to gratify in such cases, the Friends of Government, so far as may be compatible with the public good, We therefore take the liberty of addressing the first Magistrate, On this Ocation in behalf of Colo. Jonathan Palmer, the present Surveyor of the customs at Our port—He was a patriot in the American revolution was a 76 Man, then in Service, That from his abilities and rectitude, he in his Subsequent Transactions, Obtaind the confidence of the people, was Many years a Justice of the peace, a Select Man, had the command of Our Regiment, was Surveyor of the port, And post Master, And frequently A Member of Assembly untill the Law excluded, officers of the Genl. Government, That at present he has resigned all his other Imploys, save that of Surveyor of the customs—That from his long experience and knowledge of our Merchantile Connections, we think No Man within our knowledge can better serve the public, as Collector at Our port, we therefore recommend him the Presidents Patronage in case of An appointment—That for Any further knowledge in relation to Colo Palmer and his Usefulness at the present times in the Support of the Genl. Government we refer to the Post Master General Mr. Granger & Genl. Joseph Stanton Membr. of Congress—

we beg the President to Accept the Assurances of Our higest esteem—

Nathan Pendleton

and 6 other signatures

Justices of peace & Select Men

of Stonington—

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

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