Quincy August 21. 1798
Col. Dawes has declined his Appointment and I have determined to appoint Thomas Davis Esqr in his place of first Commissioner. I return the Papers that you may request the secretary of State to alter the Commission if he can. It would be a very unlucky loss of time, to send a new Commission to me for signature and after that for me to return it to the secretary of State for the seal of the United States. I hope He can alter this Commission. I am, Sir / your very humble servant
CtHi: Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Papers.