Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Gabriel Duvall, 18 March 1801

From Gabriel Duvall

Annapolis, 18 Mar. 1801.

Dear Sir,

Your letter of the 13th instant did not reach me until between 10 & 11 O’Clock at night on the 16th. & I was then twenty miles from this place. I embrace the earliest opportunity to express the high sense entertained, of the honour done me in offering me the office of Chief Judge of the district of Columbia;—for which, accept my thanks.

Many considerations lead me to accept the appointment, but as prudence forbids the making so great a sacrifice as must necessarily attend an acceptance, I am compeled, reluctantly, to decline it.— Believe me to be with the highest sentiments of respect & esteem, your obedt. Sevt.

G. Duvall

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.

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