Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Croll, 10 October 1806

October 10th 1806.

The Petition of David Croll, late in the Service of the United States Navy;

Most respectfully represents, that he sailed in the United States sloop of War the Ganges Captain Tingey, Commander in the year 1799, where he acted as Captain of the afterguard, and afterwards belonged to the United States Frigate The United States, Commodore Barry from thence went on aboard the Constellation Captain Murry, as Quarter Gunner, and from thence went on Board the Philadelphia, with Captn. Barron as Quarter Gunner, and was afterward in said Frigate with Captain Bainbridge with the Ships Crew, he was detained as Prisoner at Tripoli for upwards of 19 months, that while belonging to the Philadelphia his legs were lamed by the main tack.—that he arrived at the City of Washington in the Frigate President—where he was employed for three months in the rigging loft—that he has been very much indisposed this considerable time past, whereby his small savings are exhausted.—that his age and fatigue in the service renders him unfit for hard labour.—he therefore hopes the hardship of his case will be taken into consideration, and that he be appointed to some duty at the Navy yard in said City, so as to enable him to procure the Comforts of life in his old age, and he as in duty bound will ever pray &c

David Croll

DNA: RG 45--Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy.

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