From John M. Forbes, 19 February 1802
Philadelphia 19th. Feby. 1802.
I can never too often nor with Sufficient Warmth, acknowledge my obligation to you for the Characteristic manner in which you received and have always encouraged my application for a Consular appointment. My wishes and those of my friends are fully gratified in my nomination to the Agency at Hamburg, in time of war, unquestionably the first Commercial Situation under the Government of the United states—in time of peace, highly respectable and inferior to few, if any. I accept it with pleasure and Shall embark from New York for England, in the first good Vessel which may sail after I shall have received my Commission and such instructions as you may please to give me. I regret extremely that I was Prevented the pleasure of seeing you after my appointment, by your indisposition. Hope that, e’er this, your health and Strength are perfectly restored to you. Accept the assurances of my most Perfect Respect,
John M. Forbes