From Aaron Vail, 23 June 1803
L’Orient 23 June 1803.
I had the honour, yesterday to receive a commission from his Excy. the president of the United States, appointing me commercial agent at this port and neighbouring ones.
Your circulars of Augt. 1st. 01. and April 9th. 1803 with your general instructions to consuls of the United States, to all which strict attention shall be paid, as well as a due observance of all the laws of the United States and your instructions thereon as regards my office.
I have also received a copy of the acts of the first Session of the seventh Congress, and shall be glad to receive a copy of those of the last Session as soon as they shall have been printed. I have the Honour to be very respectfully Sir, Yr. Mt. obt. Hble. Servt.
Commercial agt. of US.