From John Steele
Monday Morning [July 19. 1802]1
I beg leave to put into your hands the enclosed letter from General Davie recommending Mr. Barnet and Mr. Montflorence to the notice of Government.2 As I am not at all acquainted with the former, and but slightly with the latter, I wish to be understood as not offering an opinion concerning the pretensions of either: Indeed I would not have put you to the trouble of even reading the letter but to satisfy the importunity of Genl. Davie, who in a late letter which I received from him continues to expect that I should do something, and I know of nothing else that I can do with propriety. In reply I informed him that I would hand the enclosed letter to you, or to the President as his recommendation. You need not therefore be at the trouble to return it. Accept the assurance of my highest esteem and respect.