To James P. Preston
Montpellier [ca. 31] May 1817
I recd. lately a letter of which the inclosed is an extract. I know nothing more of the writer than what is stated by himself. As it is possible that he may possess useful talents in the branch of business he professes, I have thought it not amiss to give you this opportunity, of making further enquiry, in case the services he may be capable of rendering should be desireable for the public improvements undertaken by the State. Be pleased to accept assurances of my great respect.
RC and enclosure (Vi). Day of month not indicated; conjectural day assigned on the basis of Preston to JM, 14 June 1817, and the cover, addressed by JM to Preston at Richmond and franked, marked “Orange ch June 5th.” Docketed by Preston, “Recd June 7th. 1817 Ansd 14th.” The enclosure (1 p.) is an extract of Valentine Gill to JM, 4 Apr. 1817.