Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Cockle, 17 January 1809

City of Jersey January 17 1809

Respected Sir

I had the Honor of addressing you yesterday Stating generally What had Occurred here, in violations of the Laws of our Country.   I learnt yesterday in N York, that notwithstanding a ship had been caught on Saturday night & her Sails taken from her, She on Sunday Night made another attempt in a violent Storm & before She could any Sails Cast She drifted on Shore & is now in possession of the Revenue. She is owned by an Englishman—I asking of you in mine of yesterday the appointment of Messenger I forgot to say that I Would produce to the Collector of New York the most respectable recommendations of my Character & ability & Conduct that or any other business which the government might please to honor me With.   I beg your pardon Sir for this additional intrusion but imperious necessity will I am sure appologise to your Eccellency

With Sentiments of perfect Consideration & respect, I have the Honor to be Sir your Ob & Hble Servt

Jno Cockle

any communications you be made to Me at N York

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

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