Boston July 25. 1797.
It has for some Time been understood by common Report that the Inspection Office now filled by Mr Jarvis would be vacated; and yesterday in conversation with Mr Jackson he expressed to me his Opinion, which at the same time he said he would authorize me to use respecting a Successor and said that if it had been consistent with Delicacy circumstanced as he was he would have expressed it himself that as he knew that Mr John Cott was one of the Candidates for that Office he would say from his knowledge of the Man he was possessed of every Qualification for it in a Degree equal if not superior to any Man he knew and that as I had long known him and could say the same there could be no Impropriety in making the same known to the President. If you think there is no Impropriety in it you may if you please communicate the same he is a Man of Known Probity. Please to make our respects to the President & accept the same from your Friend & H St