Feb: 17th. 1809
I have had the honor of receiving your commission to perform the duties of Secretary at War until a successor be appointed to General Dearborn late Secretary.—Permit me to express to you my gratitude for this evidence of your confidence, and to assure you that, while I regret that some one more competent had not received the commission, as far as I am capable its duties shall be faithfully executed
I have the honor to be, Sir, with perfect respect & esteem Your Ob. Sevt.
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.