|Sir||Woodville 5th January 1797|
Annexed is the copy of a letter written 15th Ulo to which I have rceived no answer; had I been certain that it had reached your hands I should not have presumed to trouble you again, and although I am sensible, that the necessary attention to more important transactions might well justify the delay, yet your general punctuality in business, and your pointed attention to my letter on the same subject last summer induce me to suspect (though I know not how it could happen for I put the letter in the Post-Office with my own hands) that my letter must have miscarried. I shall set out for Washington Tomorrow where I hope you will favour me with your decision as soon as convenient. I am with Sentiments of the highest respect Sir your most Ob. serv.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.