From Samuel Meredith
Philada April 29th: 1802
As the Agency which my Son in Law John Read Junr. at present holds respecting British Debts will probably soon cease, & it will be some time before he can recover his professional business which his attention to his Office obliged him to give up, Should a Vacancy happen in the Commissionship of Bankruptcy for this state, permit me to recommend him to your Notice as a person capable of filling the Appointment, His diligence & attention in his present office I hope will be considered as strong testimonials in his favour, & should you think proper to confer the appointment on him, I shall regard it as a further instance of your polite attention to me
With wishes for Your health & happiness I am Sr. Your most humble Sevt.
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 May and so recorded in SJL.
JOHN READ served as general agent for the settlement of British debt claims under the Jay Treaty from 1797 to 1809. He had married Meredith’s daughter, Martha, in 1796 (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ; Vol. 30:428n; Vol. 33:547–8).