|Sir!||Wilmington Feb. 7th 1797|
I find, upon examining the Laws of the United States, that a Collector of the Customs, cannot be concerned in Commerce; under this impression, I beg leave to relinquish my application for that Office; it not being convenient for me to abandon my Commercial pursuits at this time. As I was not concerned in any trade in the District of Delaware, I did not apprehend, at the time I had the honor of addressing your Excellency on the 4th currt, that I was incapacitated, by being concerned in any other part of the United States. I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect and esteem, Your Excellency’s most Obedt & most Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.