Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Foos, 6 September 1807

Franklinton Franklin Countey OHIO
Sepr. 6th. 1807


Thoug a perfect Stranger to you I have taken the liberty of Adresing you on a Subject Which the Intrest of this country and the United States is concerned in—by a late act of congress the President of the united States is autherised to establish a land Office at Such place as he may direct for the disposel of the land in the New purchase which layse north of the Old Indian Boundary line and south of the Connecticut reserve—As I Am Aquented With that Country and the Settlements ajoinning and being Apointed last Spring as a commissioner to run A State Roade from this place to the Portage near Cuyahoga River Which Roade gose by Fredrick Town on Owle creick and runs nearly through the midle of the new purchese and Will Afford a easey passage from Fredrick Town through the land in question and is situated Within four Miles of it—I would therefore recommend Fredrick Town as a proper place for the Land Office to be established in I would also recommend to your consideration Mr Maxfield Ludlow living near Cincinnati as a fit person to fill the office of register from Mr Maxfield Ludlows Character and Abiliteys the utmost confidence may be Reposed in him he has been Imployd by the Surveyor Genl. Mr Mansfield to run oute a greate part of the above lands It is therefore in his power to esecute the Office Of Register With more ease and Accurecy than Almost Aney Other person—as it is but four or five Weeks since Mr Maxfield Ludlow returned from the woods and but lately since his friends has preveled on him to Serve in that capasity (Should he be Apointed) and therefere had not a early recommendation while I am Aprehensive Others through Senester Vuies have and will make Aplication for other places and persons—I leave the Matter to your Superior Judgement and futer Consideration—

While I reman with respect and esteem yours &c.

Jos Foos

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

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