§ From Edward Tiffin1
4 December 1802, Chillicothe, Northwest Territory. At the request of “several Gentlemen” who have the interest and welfare of the U.S. and of Ohio at heart, and following his own wishes, asks JM to mention Charles Willing Byrd to the president as a candidate for the position of district judge in Ohio should Congress create such an office in this session, which seems likely. Says that Byrd has been territorial secretary “for some time past” and was Hamilton County representative to the Chillicothe convention. Byrd is esteemed by the populace and is as “regular in Character” as anyone in the state.