To William Short
Philadelphia June 24. 1791.
Mr. Custis, a citizen of Virginia, proposing to make application to the government of France for redress of a wrong which he thinks he has sustained from them, I am to ask your patronage of his claims so far as they shall be just and so far also as a denial or delay of justice in the ordinary modes of application may render an extraordinary interference necessary.—I am with great & sincere esteem, Dear Sir Your friend & servant,
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “William Short esq. Chargé des affaires of the U. S. at Paris.” FC (DNA: RG 59, DCI).