From John M. Forbes, 20 August 1802
Hamburgh 20th. Augt. 1802.
I have at length the satisfaction to announce to you my arrival here and recognition by the Government of this City as Consul of the United States of America. Having announced my establishment here to a very extensive Circle of mercantile friends, I prefer encountering all the severities of this Climate to incurring the inconveniences which would attend a Change of residence. I beg leave, therefore, to relinquish the application I made from London for the Agency at Marseilles. for which there are, undoubtedly, many very meritorious applicants—I am with great Respect, Sir, Your obedient Servant
John M. Forbes