Philadelphia January 7th 1797
I do myself the Honour of transmitting the inclosed Certificates which I trust will if any Suspicions of my deserving such unjust and malicious accusations should arise in your Excellency’s mind effectually invalidate them.
Mr Wollcott must be swayed by the misrepresentations of the Collector as I never had any kind of Knowledge of Mr Wollcott but in His Official Capacity He mentions the testimony of respectable Persons I am unconsious who these can be but if it be requisite to procure more Testimonies in my favour, if your Excellency will have the Goodness to point it out to me However painful to my feelings to solicit such vouchers to my Character which nothing but falshood & Malice could impeach I can Procure as many respectable Citizens to vouch for the Rectitude of my Conduct as is necessary I just observe on the subject of Ill Health the deprivation and restoration of Health is in the Hand of God I am now in a very good state of Health and never at any Time when it was necessary for me to attend to my Duty did my Health prevent me. I submit and Trust my Cause to your Excellency and am with the Warmest and most Devoted Sentiments of Respect your Excellency’s most devoted & obedient Humble Servant
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.