New York, June 11th, 1825.
My dear Sir--
Your polite attention to a letter that I wrote you at the last session of the legislature, encourages me to apply to you on an occasion which I hope will not be quite so unpleasant,--since it regards the conferring of an obligation, instead of the taking away of a good office from a reluctant incumbent. 2
Capt. Pope of Great Barrington, 3 about a year since, presented to the Governor: & Council an application from some of the most respectable inhabitants of Egremont of different political parties, desiring that Mr. Charles Leavenworth, 4 a member of the bar living in that town might be appointed Justice of the Peace. This petition has never been attended to, although as it seemed to me it contained some very good reasons for the appointment.
Mr. Leavenworth has been for some years in the profession--long enough to have been made a Counsellor of the Supreme Court had he applied for it.-- The reason he has never done so is I think a very good one considering the present state of the profession. Before being admitted as Counsellor one must be admitted as Attorney of that Court, and previous to being admitted as attorney a handsome sum must be paid which it well becomes any young lawyer to consider whether he is likely to get back again.--
Soon after being admitted as Counsellor, it is common for gentlemen of the profession to receive a commission of the peace. 5 Now I can see no reason why those young men who have [been] long enough in the profession to be made counsellors should not be equally entitled to a commission provided their respectability in their profession is as well ascertained.
On this point Mr. Leavenworth need not fear inquiry. I know him very well, and can bear witness that [he] is well versed in his profession, industrious, and possessed of more than common acuteness of mind. His practice has always been honourable-- I have known frequent instances