From David Howell
Providence Octo. 4. A.D. 1793
May it please the President,
As the office of Attorney for the U.S. for this District is vacant by the decease of my lamented Friend Mr Channing, & some Gentlemen have been pleased to recommend me for that place, I flatter myself your Excellencys goodness will excuse the freedom I take in mentioning my readiness to accept the appointment in Case no Gentleman is presented of longer Standing & more merit in the profession of the Law in this State.
The veneration I have always entertained for the Distributor of national Honours in the U.S. will much enhance the value of this appointment.
With ardent wishes for your personal Happiness, & for the prosperity of our dear Country over which you preside, I am your Excellencys real Friend & very humble Servt