Lexington (Geo.) 20th. May 1805.
I lately received official information of my appointment as Judge of the Mississippi Territory. With due acknowledgments to those who conferred the honor on me, it is with regret I have to inform you that circumstances forbid my acceptance.
I am, Sir, with sentiments of highest esteem, Your obedient, humble Servt.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.