Letter recommending Ross Wilkins for United States District Judge
Rec'd 10 Nov. 1835
Pittsburgh 5th Nov 1835
Gen. A Jackson
Pres. U States
Having understood that the friends of Ross Wilkins Esquire of Michigan have named him to your excellency for an appointment to the office of United States judge of Michigan, I beg leave most respectfully to add my recommendation also on his behalf and with certainly feel much gratified if anything I may say can have any tendency to invite his nomination. During his residence in this state, the professional and political standing of Mr Wilkins were deservedly high. Possessing a vigorous and cultivated mind he sustained himself with great credit in discharging his professional duties which his frank and gentlemanly deportment towards all with whom he had intercourse secured to him the confidence and esteem of many valuable friends. I presume that I need scarcely add that Mr Wilkins was among the closest and most firm and consisting of your excellency's political friends and that his opinion always had great weight with the republican party in his native state Pennsylvania.
In short believing that Mr Wilkins' reputation are fully adequate for the station named and that this appointment would greatly and his interesting family should he obtain the appointment. I hope I may not be considered is too impertanate when I thus urge his claim upon your excellencys most serious consideration.
I have the honour to be
most respectfully yours
John M Snowden
(notes on the envelope; Mr Snowden recommends R. Wilkins M. judge-Referred to the Secretary of State AJ)