From Thomas McKean
Washington April 25th. 1802.
If the Bill, altering the mode of appointing commissioners of bankrupts, shall pass into a law, I will name two more gentlemen for that office to your consideration, Messrs. Alexander James Dallas & Robert Mc;Kean—My son has had a college education, and, tho’ bred a merchant, he has studied the laws relating to policies of insurance, bankrupts, bills of exchange & the law-merchant, and understands them as well as most practitioners; so that I think him qualified for the place.
The sickness of one of my horses has detained me here some days longer than I expected, but I intend to set off for Baltimore this afternoon.
Adieu, my dear Sir; may you long enjoy health and happiness. Your most obedient and very humble servant
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Apr. and “his son & Dallas to be Commrs. of bkrptcy” and so recorded in SJL.
TJ appointed ALEXANDER JAMES DALLAS a bankruptcy commissioner for Pennsylvania in June 1802 (National Intelligencer, 18 June 1802; Appendix II, Lists 1 and 2). McKean had earlier applied to TJ for a position for his son (see Vol. 32:434–5).