Jany. 21st. 1806
Yesterday I was duly [noti]fied, that you was pleased to Appoint me a Justice of the peace, you will please to accept of my gratefull acknowlagement for the honor conferred on me by the Appointment & I am exceeding sorry to inform you that it is alltogether out of my power under present circumstances to Accept of that office.
I am Sir most respectfully your Hue Sert.
DNA: RG 59--State Department.