From John Thomson Mason
George Town 17th March 1802
It is with real diffidence that I shall enter upon the duties of Atty Genl of the US should future events induce you to wish it. Highly sensible of the Honor you did me in proposing it I explained to you the true grounds of my fears upon the subject. I shall industriously endeavour to remove them, in these endeavours I indulge myself with the hope of your friendly advice and assistance
With sentiments of high respect and real esteem I am D Sir Your obedt. Servt.
John T. Mason
RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 19 Mch. and so recorded in SJL; also endorsed by TJ: “A. Gl.”