From Thomas Bee
Charleston So. Carolina 19 March 1801.
Two days ago I was honoured with a Letter from the late Secretary of State, inclosing me a Commission as Chief Judge for the fifth Circuit Court of the United States.1 As I feel myself unable to undergo the fatigue of the long Journies necessary to the performance of the duties of that Office, and as I apprehand I can render as Essential service to my Country by continuing in the Station of District Judge which I now hold, I herewith return the Commission & have to request that you Sir will be pleased to inform the President of the United States that I decline the appointment.
I am pleased with an Opportunity of corresponding with an Old Congress Acquaintance, the recollection of the many Anxious Hours we passed, & the difficulties we Struggled with during the time we were together in Congress adds pleasing satisfaction to our present happy situation, & I contemplate a continuance of Peace & Prosperity to our Common Country to the remotest Periods of time. With Esteem & respect I am Dr. Sir your Obt. Servt.