Washington Septr 13th 1796
Altho I am very averse to interest myself about the disposition of Public Offices, yet when the Calls of Friendship operate strongly in favour of a Worthy Man, who is qualified to perform the Duties of the Station aimed at, with reputation to himself & utility to the Public, I find it impossible to resist And it is upon those principles that I recommend my Old Colleague in Congress, Geo. Walton Esqr. to succeed Judge Pendleton who I am informed has resigned. Mr Walton has already acted as Chief Justice of the State of Georgia, is deemed a sound good Lawyer and a very Honest Man.
You are not unacquainted with his Public Services & consequently will give to his claim on that score the weight it deserves.
I was long in Congress with him and Witnessed his exertions upon many important occasions during the War. With perfect Esteem I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedt & most hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.