Washington Mississippi Territory 6th Aprile 1806
I was more than usually surprised, som days since, by the receipt of a Commission appointing me one of the judges of the Territory of Orleans.
I accept the appointment; & take the liberty of tendering you my sincere thanks, for the confidence reposed in me, evidenced by a nomination to so important a judicial Office.
Confident, that a determined resolution to do right, is the surest means of effecting it, the diffidence which I feel in my adequacy to a reputable performance of the duties, attached to a situation so responsible is considerably lessened.
With the most sincere wishes, that the success, of Executive plans, for the prosperity & happiness of our Country, may equal the wisdom and integrity in which they are founded.
I am Sir your most Ob,d,t Sev,t
Geo. Mathews. jun
DNA: RG 59--Acceptances.