Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Kilty, 4 June 1802

From William Kilty

June 4th 1802


I am requested by Mr Edward Nicholls to Address to you a letter on his behalf, respecting his Qualification for the appointment of a Commissioner under the Bankrupt Law, which He tells me He is a Candidate for

Mr. Nicholls had been for some years past engaged in the Practice of the Law, in the State of Maryland, but has for some time past resided in the City of Washington and has been employed as a Clerk in Mr Gallatin’s department—This station He has lately Quitted and has shewn to me Mr Gallatins reply to his letter of resignation, in Which He appears to have been satisfied with his Talents and services

An ill state of Health, and a Consequent Indisposition for Close Study have prevented Mr Nicholls from Attaining to Eminence in the Profession of the Law, but He possesses good natural Talents, and has had the Advantage of an uncommonly good Education— And his Knowledge of the Law is such as to add to his pretensions to the office in Question

I think it proper to Add that Mr Nicholls has uniformly supported the Republican interest, in the Worst of Times—And that He has a deserving and somewhat numerous family dependent on him for support, and that of Course the emoluments to arise from the appointment which He Sollicits would be to him of some importance.

I forward this letter enclosed to Mr Nicholls at his request And He will have the Honour of Waiting on you with it—I flatter myself with the Hope of his succeeding unless some one better Qualified should apply, and am

With Great respect Your Obt Sevt

Wm Kilty

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 June and “Edward Nicholls to be Commr. bkrptcy” and so recorded in SJL.

Edward C. Nicholls’s LETTER OF RESIGNATION to Albert Gallatin, dated 7 Apr. 1802, stated his intention to quit his Treasury clerkship by the second Tuesday in May, when the General Court for Maryland was to convene. “I shall be thankful to you,” Nicholls added, “for some recommendatory document in any shape you may be pleas’d to word or convey it” (Gallatin, Papers description begins Carl E. Prince and Helene E. Fineman, eds., The Papers of Albert Gallatin, microfilm edition in 46 reels, Philadelphia, 1969, and Supplement, Barbara B. Oberg, ed., reels 47–51, Wilmington, Del., 1985 description ends , 6:943). For Nicholls’s previous attempt to secure an appointment, see Nicholls to TJ, 25 Jan. 1802.

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