From James Monroe
London Sepr. 28. 1803.
Mr. Halsey a respectable citizen of R Island who has been some years in Europe, will have the pleasure to present you this. He has been introduc’d to me as a young man of merit, of the best connections at home, and expressing a desire of being known to you, I take the liberty of giving him this letter stating his pretentions in the light, they have appear’d to me, and to add that what I have known of his character at Paris & here, justifies the introduction given of him by his friend there. I am happy in the occasion of renewing to you the assurance of my great respect and esteem.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 8 Dec. and so recorded in SJL with notation “by mr Halsey.”