Philadelphia, 1 April, 1796
The letter enclosed, came under cover to me from General Mathews by yesterday’s mail. In opening the latter, the seal of the former was a little injured.
With every consideration of delicacy on my part, and of respect to the Executive of the Union on the other, I make this the occasion to mention, that, by the same mail, as well as by other conveyances, I am advised of such a general derangement of public affairs, and of appointments, in Georgia, I would willingly undertake some federal Employment.
Having long served in the Judiciary of that State, my habits and predilections are in that line; and I should have been content to have been continued on the ground I had left: but I have been excluded from the appointments, and even the Commission, for treating with the Creeks for the [Ookmulgie] lands, has been filled up anew.
Under this unpleasant prospect, I am induced to offer my services to attend the Running of the Southern Boundary of the United States, under the spanish Treaty. It is in truth, Sir, not my wish to embarrass by this application, as I make it with doubts; and shall be content with the reasons which shall pass it by. Advancing to a declining period of my life, my principal aim in this address is, to place myself in view for service, when a fit occasion shall offer. With sincere attachment & respect, I am, Sir, Yr Obt Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.