Fredg. 17th. March 1826.
I received a few days after last orange county courts, your much esteemed favour, covering two letters in relation to a claim against Benjamin F. Porter on behalf of the legatees of John S. Wood. I cannot refrain from expressing the gratification I have received from the proof of your confidence in me, which is implied in the election you have made.
I should have acknowledged the receipt of it immediately–but I had some faint impression that Mr. Benjm F. Porter, in anticipation of this claim being asserted had retained me as his counsel. I have just had an opportunity of communicating with him and find that my impression was well founded—And moreover upon examination I find that the claim stands precisely upon the same footing with one already in a course of litigation against Mr. Porter, in which I am his counsel. I am compelled therefore to decline acting on behalf of the Legatees of Wood.
I will deliver the papers to your Order or hand them over to any gentleman of the bar whom you may designate. Very respectfully Your Obt. Servt.
Jno. M. Patton
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.