Philadelphia 17 October 1807
It will not I presume, be unpleasing to you Sir! to learn; that the confidence that you have been pleased to repose in me; The Collection of the Customs in this port; has in a correspondent degree been manifested by two, amongst the most opulent and respected of our Citizens—Mr. Stephen Girard, and Mr. James Vanuxem; who unhesitatingly and to an extensive amount; became surities, for its faithful performance. Nor ought I, I conceive; as it may be further satisfactory; the appearance of even unbecoming motives to the Contrary; omit repeating what some of our most esteemed mercantile characters have been pleased to express—the universal satisfaction which the appointment affords to the trading post of the Community; a disposition whilst not viewed by me so extensively, that policy, inclination and attachment to the Government, will constantly prompt me to cultivate. An assurance far more acceptable on this occasion, than any inadequate attempt to make known to you, the gratefulness of those feelings that must ever animate him, who with unalterable sentiments of respectful Consideration, subscribes himself
Sir Your Obliged & Obedient humble Servt
DNA: RG 59--Acceptances.