Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Taylor, Jr., 25 December 1806

Philadelphia December 25th. 1806

To His Excellency Thomas Jefferson
President of the
United States of America

The Petition of the Subscribers Merchants residing in the City of Philadelphia respectfully represents—

That for want of some person residing at Point Petre–Guadaloupe in the Capacity of a Notary Public, your Memorialists have repeatedly found incovience and difficulty in the return of the Proceeds of their Cargo’s or Shipments, and they have frequently experienced the painfull mortification of their Property being sent to British Ports for want of proof of its being American property—

Your Memorialists therefor respectfully request that a Notary–Public commissioned by the Executive of the United States may be appointed to reside at Point Peter Guadaloupe, provided it meets the approbation of your Excellency, and further beg leave respectfully to recommend Mr. David B Nones a Native of Philadelphia now residing at Point Peter Guadaloupe to fill the same Office, his Knowledge, Conduct and Character being Such as we hope will give general Satisfaction to the Mercantile Interest, more—especially as from having Served a regular Clerkship to a Notary Public in the City of Philadelphia during four Years, his Experience Must be such as to prevent his neglecting any document necessary to prove the Neutrality of the Property—

We Remain with due Respect Your Excellency’s Most Obt. and very Humble Servants—

John Taylor Jnr

and 49 other signatures

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

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