Philada: January 2d: 1799.
I am informed this forenoon by my friend Mr [Mackie], that there is a probability of the bankrupt bill, now before the House of Representatives, passing into a law this session.—When I paid my respects to you lately, you intimated a desire to know, what particular office would be acceptable to me, or rather, that I should mention the name of an office to you. May I presume to sollicit your Excellency, to appoint me one of the Commissioners for the District of Pennsylvania, provided the Bill in contemplation, should be enacted into a law? My friends will address your Excellency on my behalf; and I am confident from your knowledge of their characters, and the energy of their recommendation, that the appointment, will be as acceptable to my fellow Citizens, <
as> as it will be beneficial and honorable to me.
I am Sir, with the greatest respect, / Your most ob hb Servt.
MHi: Adams Papers.