Washington Jan. 17. 07.
Keep the contents of this letter, if you please, to yourself. I yesterday nominated you to the Senate as Attorney General of the US. whither it will be confirmed will rest with them, & they often subject nominations to great delay. my only object in mentioning it to you is that you may be making all the provisional arrangements necessary for an immediate visit to this place if you should recieve the commission. the supreme court meeting on Monday, will require necessarily the presence of the Atty Genl. and we have also an Executive matter calling for his immediate agency. you may come alone, as I presume, stay the session of the court and afterwards return for your family. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect