From James Monroe
Phila. Jany. 17. 1791.
I wrote you soon after my arrival here relative to the wishes and pretentions of a Mr. Mortimer, son of Dr. M. of Fredbg., to an appointment in your office. As I understood mine was accompanied with letters from Mr. Fitzhugh and Mr. Page I suppos’d an answer would have been communicated to these gentlemen. Latterly I have received several applications on that subject from the Doctor and his friends. I have therefore to request that you will enable me give him satisfactory information on that point. I have just received a letter from Colo. Bell who informs that Mr. and Mrs. Randolph are well. Sincerely I am your friend & servt.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 17 Jan. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.