No 8 Nth. 8 Short. July 19. 
It was intimated to me the last evening that You had expressed an intention of making a change in the present imperfect system of administration in regard to the federal City—if such is your intention, & you have no one in view whom you may deem more capable than myself, I would with pleasure undertake the guidance of that difficult & important trust; and hope I may not incur the charge of presumption, in saying, that I should do it in the conviction of conducting <
it> with usefullneSs & satisfaction to my Country—
I have the honor to be / Sir / Your respectfully devoted / & obedient Servant
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