NewCastle. Del: 22nd October 1804
Since our Election, a report is in circulation in this State, and in Pennsylvania, that Allen McLane, is to be removed from office—and, that I am to be appointed his successor. What authority there is for this report, I cannot discover—altho it is in the mouths of all parties!
Will you, therefore, permit me to hope, that you will be pleased to inform me if this proceeding will take place, and at what period?—so that my arrangements may be made accordingly.
Pray excuse this liberty, and believe that I am with the highest consideration, your
Obt. Hb. Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.