From Josiah Parker1
Macclesfield2 Virga July 9th. 1803
I trespass on your hospitality & former acquaintance to recommend to your civility in New York my friend M. M. Robinson esq. a neighbour of mine whose late bad health has determined him on a trip to the Eastward to endeavour to renevate himself; he is not a modern politician but an admirer of those men & measures that has brought our Country to its present State of affluence & respectability: all that I shall expect from you in respect to him is that you will be good enough to shew him a favourable countenance whilst in New york; he will not like most of my Country men who go abroad require any pecuniary aid—accept by best wishes for your health & prosperity.
ALS, MS Division, New York Public Library.
1. Parker, who was a colonel in the Fifth Virginia Regiment during the American Revolution, was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1780 and 1781 and of the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1801.
2. Macclesfield was the name of Parker’s estate in Isle of Wight County. Virginia.