From Michael Leib
Washington February 7th. 1811
A gross and calumnious attack has been made upon me in a Philadelphia print,1 for having, under an impression of duty, submitted objections to you, against the nomination of Mr. John Smith as Marshal for the district of Pennsylvania; and it is alledged, that I was an applicant for that office.2 Allow me to request of you to say, whether I, or any of my friends in my behalf, made any application to you for that office. I am Sir Your obedient Servant
1. This attack very probably appeared in the Philadelphia Democratic Press published by John Binns, but the editors have been unable to obtain copies of any issues for the first week in February 1811.