Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Paul Babcock, 1 October 1807

Stonington October 1: 1807

May It please your Excellency

We the Undersigned beg Leave to Recommend Mr. Samuel Sheffield the first of Westerly In the County of Washington And State of Rhode Island, as a Suitable person to take Charge as Keeper of the light house Now Erecting On Watch Hill Point In the State of Rhode Island. he is a person of good Character and has a large family to Support and we are fully of Opinion that he will be faithfull to the trust that may be reposed In him; Many of us being Concerned In Navigation, We feel Ourselves deeply Interested in the appointment of a person of the most acknowldgd Industry and Integrity and as such we Recommend him to your Notice, Should your Excellency on this Recommendation think fit to appoint him, It will Confer a Lasting Obligation.

Paul Babcock

and 38 other signatures

DNA: RG 26—Light House Service.

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