Adams Papers

To John Adams from Oliver Ellsworth, 16 October 1800

Havre Octr. 16th. 1800


Constantly afflicted with the gravel, and the gout in my kidnies, the unfortunate fruit of sufferings at Sea, and by a winters journey through Spain, I am not in a condition to undertake a voyage to America at this late season of the year; nor if I were there, should I be able to discharge my official duties. I must therefore pray you, Sir, to accept this my resignation of the office of Chief Justice of the United States.

After a few weeks spent in England, I shall retire, for winter quarters, to the South of France; and wait impatiently for the opening of the Spring.

I have the honour to be, / Sir, / with very great respect, / Your most obedient

Oliver Ellsworth

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