Monticello May 3. 07.
I have been informed from different quarters that judge Sprigg intended to resign his seat on the bench of Orleans, which I learn with real regret, as I set high value both on his abilities and integrity. should he retire, I will ask the favor of you to propose to him the inclosed commission: but should he not retire, I would pray you not to mention that such a commission has been thought of; as I would by no means, if he has any dispositions to withdraw, fix them by offering any other appointment. I find the judiciary of Orleans the most difficult to fill of any offices in the US. in the event of mr Sprigg’s purposing to continue on the bench I will pray you to inform me of it that I may supply another commissioner, & in the mean time to hold up the commission until called for by mr Cocke. I pray you to accept my friendly salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect.
P.S. Can any thing be done for Reibelt? I really feel for him and his family, and wish his information & talents could be made useful in some situation to which they are fitted.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.