Washington Jany 13th. 1801
There being a probability of at least one vacancy on the Bench of the supreme Court, Mr Read of So. Carolina hath requested me to mention him as a Candidate for the office of Judge. His Lady entertains such apprehensions from a Southern climate as have induced his determination in favor of a more Northern residence. The important stations in which Mr. Read hath been placed, added to his law knowledge and experience may entitle him to consideration; more especially as he seems to have been sacrificed for his support of Government.
I do not recollect any appointments in that quarter interfearing with this application, and presume this would be satisfactory to a respectable & influential part of the Southern Country. In any event your goodness will excuse my zeal in behalf of a friend, & believe me / With unabating esteem & respect / Sir, / Your most obedt & / Most humble Sert.
Sam A. Otis
MHi: Adams Papers.