I think It was determined to displace the present Marshall of Maryland Mr. Hopkins & Appoint Reuben Etting in his Place.1 I wish much that the Commission should be sent Immy. Permit me to report that this Change will give general satisfaction.
My Brother thinks that It will be prudent not to displace Doctr. Thomas2 Immediately. Let him stay in som⟨e⟩ time longer. I am sir, With great Esteem your Obedt. servt.
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. Within days of Jefferson’s inauguration he determined to replace David Hopkins with Etting, whose appointment was announced in late May (Ford, Writings of Jefferson description begins Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (10 vols.; New York, 1892–99). description ends , 1:292; National Intelligencer, 29 May 1801).
2. Philip Thomas had served as revenue inspector for Maryland since 1792; in late 1801 he still retained his post (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 1:102; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Misc., 1:283).