Washington Dec 23d 1800
My dear Son
I have appointed Mr. Jay, Chief Justice. He may refuse, if he should, I shall follow the line of judges most probably,& then there will be a vacancy. I wish to know if Mr. Ingersoll would accept an appointment as one of the assistant Justices of the superior court, & in that case I wish for his opinion as well as yours of the proper character for the office of district Attorney. Will Mr. Hopkins do? or who is better qualified and entitled? I hope Mr. Ingersoll will not resign till the 3d March at any rate unless he should do it a little sooner in order to allow time to fill the place well with a thoroughly good man
I am with a tender affection& great / esteem
MHi: Adams Papers.