Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Gilbreath, 28 December 1807

Indiana Territory Randolph Cty.
December 28 1807

The Petition of the Subscribers Citizens of the said County, humbly shewith that your Petitioners feel some Interest in the appointment of a Territorial Judge in the room of the late Thomas T. Davis deceased. They therefore beg leave to recommend the Honble. Benjamin Park as a person possessing in the highest degree the confidence of his fellow Citizens; and whose legal information—his acquaintance with the Rules & practice of our General Court and his knowledge of the Statute laws of this Territory, qualify him in an eminent degree for that Office—Your Petitioners have no hesitation in declaring to you Sir, their impression founded on their knowledge of Mr. Parks, standing in this Country, & the confidence reposed in his integrity by his fellow Citizens that the appointment (should it be found consistent with your arrangements to confer it on him) will meet the approbation of a large majority of the people of this Territory—And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray &c

Jas Gilbreath

and 86 other signatures

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

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