Montpellier Mar. 24. 1827
After your kind offer, I make no apology for inclosing another letter which I wish to have the advantage of a conveyance from the Department of State. Its object is to obtain from Mr. Gallatin a small service for our University, and that with as little delay as may be.
Whilst I was charged with the Department of State, the British doctrine against a neutral trade with belligerent ports shut in peace and opened in war, was examined at some length, and the Examination published in a short pamphlet. I have been applied to by several friends for a copy, which I could not furnish; nor do I know that they are attainable, unless obsolete copies should remain in the Department. If this be the case, I should be thankful for the means of complying with the applications.
Mrs. Madison joins in offering to Mrs. Clay & yourself assurances of cordial regards & best wishes.
RC (DLC: Henry Clay Papers); draft (DLC).