Mount Vernon 24th June 1796.
Your Letter of the 20th Instant with its enclosures was brought to Alexandria by the Post of Wednesday.
I have no difficulty in deciding on the following appointments, & commissions may issue accordingly.
Jonathan Jackson, to be Supervisor of Massachusetts; vice Nathal Gorham, deceased.
John Brooks to take the place rendered vacant by the removal of Jona. Jackson—and
Samuel Bradford, to be Marshal of that District, if Brooks accepts the Inspectorship, now held by Jackson.
I am equally disposed to appoint Mr Jno. Davis, District Attorney of that State, in case of the non-acceptance of it by Mr Otis—& provided his professional knowledge (of which I am no judge & never heard much) is supposed to be competent to the duties, & his residence such as will enable him to discharge them with convenience to the calls upon the Office.
Of this date I have written to the Secy of State on an interesting subject, requesting him to deliberate with you & the Secretary of War on the purport of the Communication, & to transmit me the result. To this letter & its enclosure I shall refer you.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.