Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas McKean, 30 April 1802

From Thomas McKean

Baltimore April 30th. 1802.

Dear Sir,

As the power of appointing Commissioners of Bankrupts is at last vested in the President of the United States, I am induced by duty & affection to name Doctor George Buchanan for your consideration as a Gentleman qualified for one of them in the district of Maryland.

Altho’ he has the degree of Doctor of Physic, and the practise of Physic has been his only profession, yet he has for several years acted as a Justice of the peace for this city and is still in that character and I will venture to say that his talents and character are at least upon a par with most of those, who have hitherto been appointed Commissioners of Bankruptcy in this State, and his affection to the constitution and present administration of the U.S. is far beyond that of any of them.

I foresee, that you will have many bitter enemies in your power by this law, and be enabled to shew attention to some of your worthy friends, which affords me a very considerable satisfaction.

Accept, dear Sir, of a tender of the best services and most sincere attachment of Your Excellency’s, Most obedient And most respectful

Thos M:Kean

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thos. Jefferson Esq.”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 May and so recorded in SJL.

Dr. GEORGE BUCHANAN received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1789 and set up practice in Baltimore. In June 1789, he married Letitia McKean, Governor McKean’s daughter. Buchanan advised TJ on a treatment for headaches in 1790. He did not receive the appointment (Washington, Papers description begins W. W. Abbot, Dorothy Twohig, Philander D. Chase, Theodore J. Crackel, and others, eds., The Papers of George Washington, Charlottesville, 1983–, 53 vols. description ends , Pres. Ser., 5:5n; Rowe, McKean description begins G. S. Rowe, Thomas McKean, The Shaping of an American Republicanism, Boulder, Colo., 1978 description ends , 266; Vol. 16:487; Appendix II, Lists 1 and 2).

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