April 16th 1807
I have just arrived here without knowing that I was honored with the appointment of Surveyor of the Southern District. I received Mr. Grangers first letter suggesting the probability of my appointment and stating that it was the presidents wish that I should reach this place as soon as possible: but I was not so fortunate as to receive his after letters requesting me to repair to the town of Washington M.T.
I accept the appointment with gratitude. The public business shall not suffer any considerable delay, on the 20th of this month I shall start for the Territory Via Pittsburg and as the waters will probably be in the best condition I shall expect reach Natchez by the 20th of May.
By this Mail I transmit three large packages confided by the Governor of N Orleans and Genl. Wilkinson to my care
I am Dear Sir with perfect Esteem
Genl. Wilkinson forwarded some Ore by me which I leave in the care of Genl Dearborn
DNA: RG 59--Acceptances.