From Henry Hammond, 13 April 1801
Cap Francois 13 April 1801
Whilst my health enabled me to perform the duties of my office, my whole attention was given thereto; Yet how far my feble abilities have kept pace with the views of my Government, or the Interest of my fellow Citizens I will not pretend to Say, but I can with truth aver, that in every instance where I have Supposed that the views of the former or the Interest of the latter, could be promoted, that it has been the object of my most earnest Solicitude.
My health for some months past has been rapidly declining, and is now So much impaired as to oblige me to request the Presidents permission to return to the Unit⟨ed⟩ States immediately; as the only means of restoring my relaxed System. I have the honor to be with great respect Sir Your Obedient huml. Servt.