From Thomas Hewitt and Others, December 1813 (Abstract)
§ From Thomas Hewitt and Others. December 1813. “The subscribers, Inhabitants of the first-ward of the City of washington, respectfully represent, that much inconvenience has been experienced from the want of a Justice of the Peace in the said ward; and they take the liberty of requesting that one may be appointed, and to recommend Mr. Richard S. Briscoe as a suitable person to fill the office.
“Mr. Briscoe is a native of the State of Maryland, where, for some time, he acted in the capacity of Justice of the Peace. We know him to be a man of strict integrity, & we believe him to be as well qualified to discharge the duties of that appointment as the generality of those who act as Justices of the Peace.”
RC (DLC). 2 pp. Signed by Hewitt and thirteen others. Undated; dated 1816 in the Index to the James Madison Papers; conjectural date assigned here based on Richard S. Briscoe’s appointment as a Washington, D.C., justice of the peace on 30 Dec. 1813 (Senate Exec. Proceedings, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends 2:444–45).