Washington M T. Augt. 10th. 1805
I had the honor to receive your favor of the 6th. Ulto. by the last Mail—
A Commission for Mr. Williams as Secretary of this Territory also came on—he has been prevailed on to accept provisionally, and I expect will write on accordingly—I hope however he may be prevailed on to Continue, for I am apprehensive It will be almost impossible to get a character qualified for this office for the salary—
The State of our Territory in the political way, you are informed through the Secretary of State—
I am happy to know there is a probability of our having a Judge, for I do assure you the Territory suffers very much in its Judicial Character—Judge Bruin is Sildom able to attend the Courts—
I am much obliged in having permission to return to N Carolina and Shall leave this as soon as the laid business will admit, which will be, I hope in six or eight weeks.
I am with Sentiments of great resp yrs.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.