Washington 25 Feb: 1806.
I was notified by Mr. Pleasonton a Clerk in the Office of the Secretary of State of my appointment as a Justice of the Peace for Washington County. I take the liberty, thro’ you, to make known my non-acceptance of the Same.
The acceptance of such an appointment would interfere so much with my duty as a clerk in the Comptroller’s Office that I presume no other apology can be deemed necessary for my declining. I am, Sir, Respectfully, Yr. obedt St.
DNA: RG 59--LRD—Letters of Resignation and Declination.