§ From Israel Smith
13 September 1802, Rutland. Has received the president’s letter of 27 Aug.1 concerning recommendations for commissioners of bankruptcy; “it is the first intimation which I have received that the President wished me to make a recommendation.” Suggests the appointment of six general commissioners—three in the vicinity of Rutland and three near Windsor. Believes Attorney General Bradley is more qualified to nominate from the eastern district. Recommends Samuel Prentiss, Darius Chipman, a Rutland attorney, and Richard Skinner, a Manchester lawyer.