City of Washington Jany. 12th. 1801.—
I have received with much sensibility the commission by which you have been pleased to honour me with an appointment to the office of Commissioner under the act of Congress for establishing the temporary and permanent seat of the government of the United States.—And while with diffidence I accept the trust, I can not forbear to express a hope that an erroneous estimate has not been made of my talents;—and an Assurance that they shall be exerted to the utmost in the endeavour to do justice to the considerations which have induced the appointment.—
I have the honour to be, Sir, / with the highest respect / your obedt. humble Servt.
MHi: Adams Papers.