State of Tennessee Octr 15th 1796
The State of Tennessee is accepted as a member of the Fœderal Government. A District Judge will be appointed. I offer my talents & experience to the United States. I feel willing to act as District Judge if you will please to honor me with the appointment. perhaps you recognize me. I had the honor of acting in the Judiciary under an appointment from you. I believe it is understodd I discharged the Duties of that office with strict attention & fidelity. I have the honor to be with very great Respect Your Obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.