Philadelphia 19th Feby 1797.
My dear Sir,
Your favor of the 8th instant from Albany, was duly received; but not before arrangements for many nominations (amongst which that for the Naval Office in New York was one) had been made.
From the character of Mr Remson, I have a very good opinion of his abilities and worth; but as his name was not among those which had been handed to me for this office, and as there seemed to be a concurrent opinion in favour of a Mr Rogers, who has, it seems, been the main spring in the business hitherto, I decided upon him with out much hesitation. With very sincere regard, I am—My dear Sir Your Most Obedt and Affectionate Servt