Newhaven october 10. 1805.
Having been informed that the office of Chief justice of the territory of Michigan is vacant & that application for it will be made in behalf of Jesse Atwater esqr. of this place, I take the liberty of stating to the president—
that Mr Atwater has, of late years, been deprived of his just share of practice, as a lawyer, on account of his republican principles & exertions—that he has a family, to the support of which his income as post master is incompetent—& that his talents, acquired knowlege & manners appear to qualify him for such an office. Mr. Granger will address the President in favor of Mr. Atwater as soon as his health will permit.—
I am, Sir with perfect respect Yr obedient servant
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.