Augusta 20 August, 1796.
I have lately been advised that Judge Pendleton has left this State, and that the office of District-Judge, in this District, will, of course, become vacant. Indeed, I had intimations that this would be the case before, and whilst I was at Philadelphia; and the letter I took the liberty of writing to you, previous to my leaving that place, had this event in contemplation—Should my application meet your approval, and the nomination take place, my situation in life will be bettered; and I trust, the public and individual Justice be satisfied—My residence will be in Savannah, necessarily, on account of the admiralty Supervision.
I cannot forbear to embrace the present occasion of congratulating the President of the United States on the restoration of that public confidence, so essential in the Government of free States. A confidence that was staggered for the moment by the remains of prejudices deeply imbibed against a Nation during the convulsions of a great Revolution; and which inspired involuntary horrors at any Treaty of Amity with her. But reflection and experience have already opened the doors of Discernment and good sense in the Minds of the people; and the Treaty which has been made is beginning to be considered as an auspicious æra in the history of the United States: by its power of preserving the blessings of Peace, and subduing the prejudices of men.
Undoubtedly, Sir, I wish you much health. Tranquility will follow of course. For I am with great attachment and Respect Your most Obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.