From Blair McClenachan
Philadelphia 10th Octr: 1803
The discharge of sums of Money, for the payment of which, my name had been engaged in behalf of another, has brought before me the dreadful prospect of want, or dependance during the remainder of my days; notwithstanding this, only for the sense I entertain of your goodness, I should not be induced by my circumstances, however adverse, to give you this trouble.
By Mr: Clay’s occupancy of his seat in Congress, his Office as a Commissioner of Bankruptcy will become vacant, were you Sir, to deem me worthy of that place, I would endeavour to shew my gratitude, in the manner most acceptable to you, by a faithful discharge of my duty.
I Pray you to accept the assurence of my most profound respect
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); in a clerk’s hand, signed by McClenachan; at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 13 Oct. and “to be Commr. bkrptcy. Phila” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in Pierce Butler to TJ, 11 Oct. 1803.