From Joel Barlow
London 25 Aug. 1791
I should not take the liberty of commending to your notice and protection my excellent friends Mr. and Mrs. St. John were it not that their merit entitles them to more than I can otherwise do for them. Mr. St. John transfers a considerable property to our country with an intention to devote that and himself wholly to Agriculture, of which his accurate intelligence in every part of rural œconomy and mechanics renders him one of the first ornaments.
I have recommended to his enquiry the neighborhood of the Potowmac as an inviting part of the country to settle in. Your advice may be essentially useful to him in this particular. If he were admitted a member of the Philosophical and agricultural societies of Philadelphia it might be a means of making his knowledge and abilities more useful to himself and others.—I have the honor to be Sir with great respect your obet. servt.,
RC (NNP); endorsed by TJ as received 24 Oct. 1791 and so recorded in SJL. Both in endorsement and in SJL TJ recorded the letter as from “John Barlow,” but altered the endorsement to read correctly.