|Sir,||3d St. 8. Feb. 1797.|
It is said that a vacancy has occurred in the collectorship of the port of Wilmington, in Delaware—In bringing to view the name of Mr Vining, who has since the adoption of the government had the honour of being personally known to you, Sir, I need only add that I believe Mr Vining would be gratify’d by being appointed collector. I am with most respectful attachment Sir yr mos. ob. svt
W. V. Murray.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.