Cincinnati 5th mo 29 1819
When I last wrote thee I mentioned
having offered myself a candidate for the Office of Indian
Agent for Upper Sandusky, I requested Philip Thomas
of Baltimore to give me the earliest intimation of the
result, that I might govern myself accordingly, and in
the meantime had intimations given me that there
remained scarcely a doubt of my succeeding; I however a
a few weeks since recd Philip Thomas's reply in which
he says "Soon after the rect of thy letter it was laid
before the Committee on Indian Concerns, who after de-
liberation addressed a communication to the Secy of War
recommending thee as a suitable person to be appointed
Agent at Sandusky etc."
"In reply I have a letter from the Secy in which
he states that upon examining the Law of Congress he
does not find any authority to appoint an Agent at
that place and that none will be appointed by him.
I have no doubt but that if an Agent had
been appointed, thou wouldst have been selected"
thy letter form Philip was under date of 4th mo 9 last and
in a few days after the reception of it, I discovered the
these sketches were thrown hastily together, place made due allowance in