From John Sevier
Congress Chamber 17 Jany. 1791.
Mr. Pery who was appointed one of the Judges of the territory So. of Ohio I am informed have declined the Acceptance of that office. I therefore presume the President will find it expedient to supply the vacancy by another Appointment.—Permit me to Name to the Honble. the Secreatary of State, Waightstil Avery Esquire as a proper person to fill this important office. His competent Abilities integrity, And Uprightness, together with his enterprise And General Acquaintance with the People of the Territory. The favourable Opinions entertained of this Gentleman by those People, would perhaps render this appointment as pleasing as any that could be made.—I have the honor to be with due respect yours respectively,
RC (DLC: Washington Papers); at foot of text: Honble Secy. of State”; addressed: “Honble. Mr. Jefferson Secreay. of State Philadelphia”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Jan. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.
For circumstances surrounding the judicial vacancy in the Southwest Territory and the appointment of Joseph Anderson to fill it, see Editorial Note and group of documents relating to the subject, at 4 Mch. 1791.