From Edward C. Nicholls
City of Washington
June 7th. 1802.
My peculiar Situation will, I hope, plead my Apology to the chief Magistrate of the United States, for this personal Address.—After an Absence of some Weeks from the City, I repair’d hither this day, in full Confidence of finding at my House, Letters from Judge Kilty and Judge Sprigg, in my favor for the Office of one of the Commissioners under the Bankrupt Law.—by some Accident those Letters have miscarried, and I am reluctantly Compell’d, to make Application, for the present, in this way.—
If, in your Arrangements for the Good of the Union, I may be deem’d deserving of public Confidence, my Study shall be to continue to merit it.—
I remain very respectfully, yr. Obt Servant—
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 8 June and “to be Commr. bkrptcy” and so recorded in SJL.
LETTERS FROM JUDGE KILTY: see William Kilty to TJ, 4 June. JUDGE SPRIGG: Richard Sprigg, Jr., resigned from Congress in February 1802 to become an associate justice of the Maryland Court of Appeals (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 32 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 1986–, 8 vols. Pres. Ser., 1984–, 6 vols. Ret. Ser., 2009–, 1 vol. description ends , Sec. of State Ser., 1:57). No letter of recommendation from Sprigg has been found or is recorded in SJL.