Somerset, Pennsylvania May 7th, 1806.
The receipt of your letter of the 26th. of last month inclosing my Commission as Judge in the Territory of Louisiana, I have the honor to acknowledge.
You will please to present to the President of the United States my grateful acknowlegement for the confidence which he hath been so good to repose in my, and to give him the assurance that no exertions will be spared on my part to perform the duties of said Office to the best of my abilities. You will also please to inform him that I intend to leave this place with my family in the course of three weeks on my journey to the Territory. I have the honor to be with perfect esteem Sir Your obedient Servant
Printed Source--Clarence Edwin Carter et al., eds. The Territorial Papers of the United States. 27 vols. (Washington, D.C., 1934-69).: Volume XIII: The Territory of Louisiana-Missouri, 1803-1806.