To John M. Clayton 
Secretary of State Sept. 27. 1849
Dear Sir: Your letter of the 17th. Inst. saying you had received no answer to yours informing me of my appointment as Secretary of Oregon, is received, and surprises me very much. I received that letter, accompanied by the commission, in due course of mail, and answered it two days after, declining the office, and warmly recommending Simeon Francis for it. I have also written you several letters since,  alluding to the same matter, all of which ought to have reached you before the date of your last letter. Your Obt. Servt.