Department of State Oct. 19th. 1807
The inclosed ⟨letter⟩ having been put on board a ⟨Pilot⟩ bo⟨at⟩ off the Coast of the U⟨nite⟩d States by an officer from an ⟨armed⟩ Vessel believed to be British, and avowing a destination p⟨resump⟩tively forbidden by the Proclamation of the President, ⟨doubts⟩ concerning the regularity of its introduction occasioned it to be transmitted to this Department. I hasten its co⟨nv⟩eyan⟨ce⟩ to you by the first mail that offers, in the hope ⟨that no⟩ inconvenience will have resulted from the delay.
With sentiments of ⟨great consider⟩ation and respect, ⟨I have⟩ the honor to be ⟨ ⟩
signed James Madison
DNA: RG 59—Notes to Foreign Counsels and Ministers.