From David Meade Randolph
Richmond 17th October 1791
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your very kind letter of the 6th. instant.—The appointment I shall accept, if upon a recommendation to the president, he shall so far honor me by his approbation. The duties thereof I shall make it a point to regard, and execute them with the utmost of my abilities. Among the many motives to a faithful acquittal of the trust, there shall be none more urgent than to support and justify your choice.—I have the honor to be your obliged Huml. Sert.,
D M Randolph
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Oct. 1791 and so recorded in SJL. TJ forwarded Randolph’s commission as U.S. marshal for Virginia on 27 Oct. 1791 (Tr in DNA: RG 360, DL) which Meade acknowledged receipt of on 7 Nov. 1791 (RC in DLC: TJ Papers, 67: 11785; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Nov. 1791 and so recorded in SJL). In the latter, Meade informed TJ that he had decided to delay assuming office until the next meeting of the court to enable his predecessor, Edward Carrington, to put his office in order.