Washington. July 6th 1819
The only court in this district which has original cognizance in matters testamentary is the Orphan’s Court, the laws of Maryland, which, you know, are in force in the district, not having been altered by congress in this respect. If you will send me Genl Koscuisko’s will, with a certificate of it’s proof and of your relinquishment of the executorship, I can have the will proved and an administrator with the will annexed appointed, after which all the steps you propose can be easily taken before the federal court, to settle the litigated claims on the estate. Is there any particular person whom you would prefer to have appointed.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.