Philadelphia 3d: February 1800.
I spoke with Judge Cushing yesterday on the subject of your application for the clerkship of the Supreme Court, and he suggested the utility & propriety of your addressing Judge Patterson by letter; communicating your wish to be appointed to the Office after the present occupant shall resign—your residence on the spot to which Government will soon be transferred—your professional pretentions & for character you have Judge Cushings leave to refer to him. The judge says that the next Session of the Supreme Court will be held here, but he thinks and can say pretty confidently that Mr: Bayard will resign after this session. This is the day on which the Court should meet, but it is doubtful, whether there be a Quorum present—The Judges however will be in town all the week and if you will enclose a letter under cover to me for Judge Patterson I will take care it be delivered.
I intended writing to you by a Mr: Davenport of Boston, who is bound to your City, but on reflection I preferred the post as more expeditious, more certain & less tedious than a private hand.
Our family & friends here are tolerably well, though a species of Influenza prevails in the City
With true esteem & attachment I am, / Your friend
T. B. Adams
OCHP: William Cranch Papers.