Philadelphia 14th Novr 1796.
This letter is for your eye only—It is written for the purpose of expressing my regret for your continued absence from the Seat of the Government. Rely upon it, it is productive of unpleasant remarks, in which I must be involved. It will, indeed is, considered as making a Sinecure of the Office. To suppose there is no particular occasion for the Law-Officer of the government at the Seat of it during the recess of Congress is incorrect—Many cases have presented themselves since the adjournment, requesting the opinion & advice of the Attorney General (besides other duties marked out by the Laws)—some points have called for your aid since I have been here—and will occur without an hours previous notice in times like the present. Let me entreat you therefore to come on without delay and to be assured of the esteem & friendship of Your Affectionate
DLC: Papers of George Washington.