Wythe to Richard Henry Lee, 23 February 1785
I this day received my appointment to be one of the judges of the federal court for hearing and determining the controversy between the states of Massachusetts and New York: and as the place assigned for holding the court is so convenient to me, i cannot decline the office.
If you think it proper in me to desire the agents of the contending parties to furnish me with a short, state of the dispute between them, i beg the favour of you, Sir, to foreward to them the letter accompanying this otherwise to destroy it.
With profound veneration for the august body, in which you preside, i have the honour to be,
Your most obedient servant
23 febr. 1785.
Mr. Lee president of Congress.
Letter 23 Febry 1785
Read 18 March 1785.
Accepting Office of Judge for Feder. Court-
Mess. the of NYork