April 26, 1816
James Madison, President of the United States of America,
To His Majesty the King of the two Sicilies
Great and Good Friend
In order to confirm between your Majesty and the United States of America perfect harmony and a good correspondence and to remove all grounds of dissatisfaction by a friendly discussion, I have appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate of the United States William Pinkney, of the State of Maryland, to be special Minister to your Majesty on subjects of high importance to both nations. From the knowledge I have of the fidelity, probity and good conduct of this Minister, I have entire confidence that he will render himself acceptable to your Majesty in this charge. I therefore beseech your Majesty to give full credence to whatever he shall say on the part of the United States, and most of all when he shall assure you of our friendship and wishes for your prosperity. And I pray God to have your Majesty in his safe and holy keeping.
Written at the City of Washington the Twenty Sixth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and sixteen. Your Good Friend,
By the President
Secretary of State