From John J. Murray, 31 August 1801
Staten Island State of New York 31 August 1801
A few days since, in the presence of the Vice President, I made the alteration in the ⟨Pr⟩esidents Commission to John C Murray, Consul ⟨at⟩ Glasgow, as authorized by Mr. Wagner in his Letter ⟨of⟩ the 6th. Instant. The Vice President thot proper ⟨to⟩ endorse the following certificate on Mr. Wagners letter vizt: “I certify that the person by me recommended for the office of Consul to Glasgow is John J Murray at present of Richmond County in the state of New York and I know of no person of the name of John C Murray. New York 18 August 1801. A Burr.”
In conformity with the Consular Act, which ⟨r⟩equires Bond with security to be entered into ⟨b⟩y Consuls previous to entering on the execution of their respective trusts, I have the honor Sir to transmit herewith, a Bond signed by myself and ⟨Goyen Ryness⟩, to the United States for Two Thousand Dollars, after the receipt of which I request Sir that you will do me the honor to furnish me with any instructions for my fu⟨ture⟩ Government, in addition to those already sen⟨t⟩ to me, that you may think necessary.
Should you Sir not think it incompatib⟨le⟩ with the duties enjoined on me by my Commiss⟨ion⟩ I would rather delay my departure from the United States until winter, having a desire first, to visit our principal trading Towns, particularly the more southern ones, under an impression that many commercial advantages may result therefrom. At this period of the year it would be too hazardous to visit either Charleston or Savannah, otherwise I could make it convenient to embark in November. With the highest Resp⟨ect⟩ I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Ob Hble Servt.
John J Murray