From Mathew Carey and Others
Philadelphia July 19th. 1802.
Having received information of the death of John W. Vancleve, Commissioner of Bankruptcy for the district of Pennsylvania, We beg leave to recommend Robert Porter of this place, to your attention as a suitable person to fill the vacancy. Mr. Porter was a First-Lieutenant in the army of the United States, in the revolutionary War—After the establishment of our Independence, he applied himself to the study of the law and hath practised with reputation for several years as an Attorney and Counsellor. In the last Session of the General Assembly of this State, he was a Representative for the City of Philadelphia.—We can assure you that he is a Gentleman of talents, integrity, and uniform attachment to republican principles.
We are Sir with the highest respect & consideration your most obedt. hble Servants
Jno Goodman Jr
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “To Thomas Jefferson Esq. President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 July and “Porter Robt. to be Commr. bkrptcy” and so recorded in SJL, where it is connected by a brace with two other letters received on that date recommending Porter.