From James Monroe
Washington Jany. 19. 1821
Mr Lawrance1 & Mr Jones2 of New York, young gentlemen of merit, well connected there, expressing a wish to visit you & Mr Jefferson, I have felt it due to the introduction they have presented me, to make them known to you. They intend to visit Europe in the Spring, & will I am satisfied, take much interest in bearing any letters from you, or being in any respect useful to you. With great respect & sincere regard your friend
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. William Beach Lawrence (1800–1881), a graduate of Columbia College (1818), was reading law immediately before his visit to JM in the winter of 1821. He served as secretary of legation in London in 1826 and U.S. chargé d’affaires there, 1827–28. Lawrence practiced law in New York City and wrote widely on issues of public and international law. On moving to Rhode Island in 1850, he was elected lieutenant governor of that state in 1851 (New York Times, 26 Mar. 1881).
2. John Quentin Jones (ca. 1804–1878) studied at Columbia College before leaving for a position in the countinghouse of Lawrence and Trimble. He was president of the Chemical Bank in New York City, 1844–78 (ibid., 3 Jan. 1878).