From John Drayton
Charleston (S. C.) April 12th: 1809.
Through the politeness of my friend Paul Hamilton, Secretary of the Navy, I have the honor of presenting you, a copy of my View of So: Carolina; which, You will do me a favor, by accepting. It, was published, during my former administration; and, is not without many errors. But, still I hope, it contains information, not unworthy of your attention.
I avail myself sir, of this opportunity, to congratulate you on your election to the Presidency of the United States; And sincerely wish you an administration, happy & honorable to yourself; and beneficial to our Common Country. It will afford me pleasure, at all times to cooperate, within the sphere of my Authority. Being with Sentiments of high respect & consideration sir Yr: Most Obedient
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. Drayton was elected governor of South Carolina in 1809 after two earlier terms in that position and service in the state Senate, 1805–8. The enclosure was his pamphlet, A View of South Carolina, as Respects Her Natural and Civil Concerns (Charleston, S.C., 1802).