From Joel Barlow
Paris 12 March 1798—
Mr. Wm. Lee of Boston has done me the favor to charge himself with a packet for you this day. He is a man of an excellent character & good connections in commerce. He wishes to obtain the consulate of Bordeaux or Paris, if vacant. Could you yield him assistance in this or any other object you would very much oblige your obet. Servt.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson vice President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 July 1798 and recorded in SJL as received on that day “by mr Lee.” Enclosed in John Brown to TJ, 29 June 1798.