New York 13 Dec 1823
Being on the eve of my departure, I acknowledge with much pleasure the rect. of your letter of the 22d Ulto. I shall always find time, I hope, to write to my friends—
Spain, single handed, can do nothing against Mexico,—with the aid of France She would instantaneously regain that valuable and lovely country—The Presidents Message Carries with it on that subject, a threatening attitude.
I embark in the morng for my Post of destination via Tampico—Be pleased to present me respecty to Mrs M. & believe me, with very great respect Dr Sir, yr mo obt Sr
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.