Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Jones, 1 August 1802

From William Jones

Philada. 1st. Augt. 1802

Dear Sir

I would reluctantly intrude upon your attention and particularly on the subject of appointments, aware that the numerous applications and recommendations may have a tendency rather to embarrass than lead to a correct choice. I hope however the liberty I have occasionally taken may be viewed with indulgence.

I beg leave Sir on this occasion to recommend to your notice Mr Robert Porter of this City as a suitable person to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Jno W Vancleve Esqr. one of the Commissioners of Bankruptcy.

Mr Porter is a member of our State legislature and of the Bar of this State, was a revolutionary officer and is the son of General Andrew Porter who was also a meritorious revolutionary officer and they have both faithfully adhered to the principles thereby established.

I am Sir with the highest regard yours most respectfully

Wm Jones

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Aug. and “Porter to be Commr. bkrptcy” and so recorded in SJL.

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