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Gentlemen—The President, with the advice and consent of the senate, has appointed me Secretary of State for the United States, and I have felt it my duty to accept the unsolicited and distinguished honour which has thus been conferred upon me.
Your last letter found me in a state of "single blessedness" for the time being, in which I yet continue, my wife having been out of town for more than a fortnight on a visit to her friends & our friends below. I had supposed that Lydia had informed you that the miniatures would not be obtained at Albany, Mr.