29 Dec 1806
Georgia Revenue Cutter
In January 1805, sundry recommendations were received, all of which were thought insufficient. They were in favor of Ths. Allen first mate, Alexr. R. Johnston, & P.S. Laffitte respectively. The collector never announced that there was a vacancy till Octer. 23d 1806 when he recommended N. Newall who had, it seems received a temporary appointment from the former collector, & who has been accordingly commissioned on 11th Nover. 1806. His appointt. therefore rests on the recommendations of the two successive collectors Johnson & Mounger. Mounger’s letter on which we acted is enclosed, but belongs to the files of the office. The former recommendations for Allen &c. are also enclosed & are useless.
Of Fowler I do not recollect ever to have heard before. The papers he says he sent are not on file & I do not remember to have seen them. It is possible that when received they were transmitted to the President at Monticello. His other papers now enclosed by him to the President only shew that he once commanded a galley stationed at St. Mary’s, & that he was at that time directed to watch against frauds on the revenue from Florida—
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.