I had the honor of receiving your Excellency's letter of the 10th Inst and am exceedingly obliged to your Excellency and the council for the very polite manner in which my resignation has been accepted. The favorable sentiments of me Sir, which your Excellency has been pleased, with so much kindness to express, I cannot but regard with obligation and pleasure, though a more intimate knowledge of my own qualifications than it is possible for any other person to have, will not suffer me to doubt that I consulted my principles of duty and honor in relinquishing so awful an appointment. I shall ever embrace with pleasure any opportunity of serving my Country, where it is practicable with reputation, and shall feel a particular satisfaction in every occasion to express the great respect with which I have the honor to be Sir, your Excellency, mo. huml. and ob. servt.
P. S. I now think it my duty to send your Excellency my commission, which I accordingly take the liberty to enclose.