To Thomas Appleton
Monticello M[ar.] 16. 17.
This will be handed you by mr William C. Preston, son of Genl Francis Preston of this state, who in the course of his travels in Europe, may probably find occasion to call on you. he is not personally known to me, but I am assured of his worth and distinguished talents by those who know him and command my entire confidence. his standing in this state is high, and I believe I render you service when I make known to you, among those of my countrymen who present themselves to you, such of them as are worthy of your attentions and patronage. this gentleman is certainly so, and I bear witness to it the more willingly as it adds to the occasions which I am always happy to embrace of renewing to you the assurances of my affectionate friendship & respect.