New Castle Feb. 25th 1797
At the request of the Marshall of the Delaware State Mr Allen McLane, I take the Liberty to inform you, that I think him an Active good Officer, and that in my Opinion he is well Qualified, to execute the Office of Collector of the Port of Wilmington in the state of Delaware, and in case the Appointment should be Conferred on him, Apprehend he will discharge the duties thereof to the entire Satisfaction of the Government.
I have lamented the Situation I have been placed in by Official Ingagements, which has prevented me from paying my respects to you And Mrs Washington before you retire, and leave the Seat of Government, and have only to Console myself with the hopes at some future Period, of having the pleasure of waiting on you at your Seat at Mount Vernon, where it is my Most Ardent prayer I may see you, in the full enjoyment of ease, health and Happiness. My best wishes to Mrs Washington. I am Sir with the greatest Respect yr Obedt Humbl. Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.