Washington July 20. 04.
In the arrangements proposed for the new government of the territory of Orleans to commence on the 1st. of Oct. next, I am desirous of availing the public of your services as Secretary of the territory. on turning to the law for that establishment you will see what are it’s duties and emoluments. you will oblige me by giving me as early intelligence as you can whether I may count on your acceptance, as it is important to compleat the arrangements in time. Accept my salutations and assurances of esteem and respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.