From William Jarvis
Lisbon 1st. August 1805
Before this reaches you I hope sir you will have received your two pipes of Wine the Ship Robert, Capen Alcorn that sailed for Baltimore the 8th. Ultimo.1 By the Brig Maria Capen Carew for Alexandria,2 that arrived two days after the Robert sailed, I have taken the liberty to send a small box of Citron three boxes preserves & a basket of Almonds, address’d to Genl. Dearborn, for Mrs. Madison, which I hope she will do me the honor to accept. In quality of a Bachelor, from whom gallantry demands the first advances to a Lady, I was much disposed to address myself directly to her, but recollecting that one word from so powerful a solicitor would have more weight with her than a Volume from me, I prudently sacrificed my inclination in hopes to have the benefit of your good Offices to secure a favourable reception to these trifles. After such a strain of policy surely I may enjoy the pleasure of thinking that my humble present will be honored with a place amongst her desert, and may receive some praise with a view to compliment a Lady of so much merit. With perfect Respect I have the honor to be Sir Your Mo: Ob: servt.
RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers).
2. The Maria, Captain Carew, arrived at Alexandria about 16 Sept. (Alexandria Daily Advertiser, 16 Sept. 1805).