From James Monroe
Richmond 24. May 1801.
Permit me to present to yr. acquaintance the bearer Mr. Blake consul at St. Domingo who is represented to me by respectable authority to have rendered useful service to his country in that office. I am persuaded on inquiry into the character and services of this gentleman, you will find him what I believe him to be on the authority of his introduction to me, very deserving of yr. attention and confidence. As I know you are sufficiently disposed to promote merit, I have only to request of you that attention to him, to which his entitles him.1 With great respect & esteem I am Dear Sir sincerely yours