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 forward 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 Fedl. Court —
Mess. the of NYork —