From James Monroe
Richmond June 20. 1801.
Hearing that Mr. Hay is disposed to seize the few days of leasure which an interval between the courts gives him, to visit the federal city with his lady1 and that he doubts whether you wod. recognize him, I take a pleasure in fre’ing him from that anxiety. He is really a very able and respectable citizen, one who deserves and will be highly gratified with your attention. At what time will you be at Monticello? I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in Albemarle while I am there. The season begins to approach when it becomes dangerous for those accustomed to a better climate to stay here. very sincerely I am yr. friend & servt
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 27 June and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in George Hay to TJ, [27 June 1801], from “Conrad’s tavern” in Washington, in which Hay presents his compliments and continues: “The inclosed letter was sent to Geo: Hay on the Evening before his departure from Richmond, by Mr. Monroe. Geo: Hay would have taken great pleasure in delivering it, with his own hands, but he is confined to his lodgings by the indisposition of his wife” (RC in MHi; dated “Saturday Evening”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 June and so recorded in SJL).
His Lady: Rebecca Brodnax Hay, who had married George Hay in 1789 (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ).
1. Preceding eight words interlined.