Recommendations for Federal Offices in North Carolina and the Southwestern Government, [before 7 June 1790]

Recommendations for Federal Offices in North Carolina and the Southwestern Government

North Carolina

District Judge

  • Colo. Davie is recommended by Steele.
    • Hawkins sais he is their first law character.
    • Brown sais the same.
  • Samuel Spencer.
    • Steele sais he is a good man, one of the present judges, not
      remarkeable for his abilities, but deserves well of his country.
    • Bloodworth sais Spencer desires the appointment. But sais nothing of him.
  • John Stokes.
    • Steele names him at his own request. He is a Virginian, was a Captain in the late war, lost his right hand in Beaufort’s defeat. Practises law in S. Carolina with reputation and success; has been frequently of the legislature, was a member of the Convention, a federalist, is now a Colonel of militia cavalry, and additional judge of the Supreme court.
    • Hawkins has understood he is a worthy man.
    • Ashe names him.

District attorney.

  • Hamilton. Named by Bloodworth.
    • Hawkins sais he is now under indictment for extortionate fees and will be silenced.
  • Hay. Named by Bloodworth.
    • Hawkins sais he is an Irishman who came over about the close of the war to see after some confiscated property. He has married in the country.
  • Arnet. Named by Bloodworth.
    • Hawkins sais he is a N. Jersey man of good character.
  • Sitgreaves.1
    • Hawkins sais he lives in Newbern where the courts are held. He is a gentlemanly man, and as good a lawyer as any there.2 
      Ashe sais that Sitgreaves is not so brilliant in abilities, but of great rectitude of mind.
    • Bloodworth sais that Sitgreaves is a gentleman of character and represented the state in Congress in 1785.

South-Western government


  • Blount.1
    • Agreed to be the properest man by Williamson, Hawkins, Bloodworth and Ashe.


  • Howel Tatham.
    • Williamson sais he was formerly a Continental officer, is now
      a lawyer, a man of honor and respectable abilities.
    • Bloodworth names him, but sais nothing of him.
    • Brown thinks him illy informed, and more a man of dress than of business.
  • Robert Hayes.
    • Bloodworth only mentions his name.
    • Ashe.3 Says he has been a representative several times, and an officer.
  • Smith.
    • Brown considers him as the ablest and best character there.
    • Hawkins considers him as a very good and able man. He was a leading character in the opposition to Sevier, and so would not be a very agreeable appointment to Sevier.


  • David Campbell.
    • Brown thinks him not a well informed lawyer, but honest. He is now judge.
    • Bloodworth and Ashe name him only.
    • Williamson sais he is of fair character and respectable abilities
  • Howel Tatham.
    • See what is said of him above for Secretary.
    • Ashe proposes him as a Judge, and sais he is of great application, fair and unblemished character.
    • John Mc.Nairy.1 Ashe only names him.


  • Edward Jones.
    • Ashe proposes him. He has heard that he is a young gentleman of merit and enlightened understanding.
    • Bloodworth sais he is of good character, has been twice returned for the town of Wilmington.

MS (DLC: Applications for Office under Washington); entirely in TJ's hand; undated but docketed in Lear's hand: “From the Secretary of State June 7th. 1790.” Dft (DLC: TJ Papers, 59: 10192); also in TJ's hand and undated, varying in phraseology but not in substance except in the instances noted below.

  1. Opposite this name in MS is a check mark.
  2. Dft reads: “Genteel man, and as good a lawyer as any or more. Hawk.”
  3. The following appears in Dft but not in MS: “Ashe proposes him for Secretary.”