From John Jay
Albany 19 Ap. 1798
I wrote you a few Lines this Morning informing you that Judge Hobart had resigned his Seat in the Senate, and that by the next post I should send you a Commission to fill his place.
On further Reflection I doubt the propriety of appointing you without your previous permission, and therefore shall postpone it untill I receive your answer. If after well considering the Subject you should decline an appointmt. be so good as to consult with some of our most judicious Friends and advise me as to the Persons most proper to appoint and at the same time likely to accept.
Col. A. Hamilton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, from the original in the New York State Library, Albany.