|Sir!||Wilmington Feb. 4th 1797.|
as I was an applicant for the Office to which Major Bush was appointed, and by whose demise a vacancy has taken place, I take the liberty to renew my application—should I be so fortunate as to be the object of your choice, my best endeavors shall not be wanting to deserve the favor—on the other hand, should any one be preferred before me, I shall again chearfully submit; being firmly perswaded that your nomination and appointment will be dictated by the purest motives.
I beg leave to refer your Excellency to the Senators from this State, for any information which you may deem necessary respecting my standing in life, or my attachment to the Government; both of which are well known to them. I have the honor to be, Sir, with the greatest respect & esteem, Your Excellency’s most Obedt & most Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.