February 1st 1797.
Some days ago I recd a letter from you with enclosure, recommending John Rhea Esqr. for District Judge, of the District of Tennessee. The Act for establishing that Office, having now obtained all the requie forms, the nomination of a character to fill it has become necessary: but before I proceed to it, I wish to know what specific objections, if any, there are to Mr Dd Campbell, who has been one of the Judges under the authority of the United States for that District since the establishment of the Government therein; who came very highly recommended to me for his integrity and fit abilities for that Office—and against whom, no impeachment of his conduct has come to my knowledge. With respect I am—Gentn Your Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.