To Robert Mallory
Montpellier Feby. 11. 1818
I have just recd. yours of the 7th. inst: mentioning my appointment to a place in the Board of public works. Notwithstanding my respect for such a mark of confidence from the General Assembly, and the wishes I feel for the progress of the Internal Improvements committed to that Institution, I am constrained to decline the trust allotted to me. And I comply with your request that this should be immediately made known to you. Friendly respects
Draft (MiU-C). Addressee not indicated; identified as Robert Mallory on the basis of internal evidence.