From J. P. G. Muhlenberg
Philadelphia Septr. 22d. 1803—
Mr. Philips, a young Gentleman of this City, intends to wait on The President, & to solicit the appointment of Comissioner of Bankruptcy—Mr. Philips is a stranger in the Foederal City, & his friends request me, to give him a line of introduction—In compliance with Their request, I beg leave to state To The President, that I have been acquainted with Mr. Philips for some years past—That he is a Young Gentleman whose Character is without reproach, & that he is considered as a Man of abilities—
I have the Honor to be with Perfect Respect Sir Your Most Obedt Servt.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “The President of The United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Oct. and “Phillips to be Commr bkrptcy” and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ: “v. Clay or Vancleve.”