Washington Feby. 17. 1801
It is with the most respectfull deference that I take the Liberty of offering to your Consideration Philip Barton Key Esqr. as a person in my Opinion well qualified to fill the Office of <
District> Circuit Judge under the new Judiciary System—In addition to other Oppurtunities of becoming well acquainted with him—I have served two Sessions with him in our State Legislature and entertain an high Opinion of his Honor, patriotism & Abilities—
With very great Respect / I am your freind & Servt
Jno Chew Thomas
MHi: Adams Papers.