From José Corrêa da Serra
Washington 22 Febry 1817
Mr Derby a well known gentleman of Boston, has told me how he desired to pay a visit to Virginia, and to have the honor of being presented to you. Though his known caracter be a competent passport every where, still he is persuaded that decency requires that he be presented by some one of your acquaintances, and wishes me to perform this function. I am very glad to have this occasion of presenting to you my respects, and of testifying to you once more the sentiments of attachment and respect with which i am and allways will be
J. Corrèa de Serra
RC (NNPM); endorsed by TJ as received 27 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in Richard C. Derby to TJ, 23 Feb. 1817.