Montpellier July 13. 1829.
Learning from Mr Rives that he expects to be in New York some days before his embarkation for France, I take the liberty of giving him a line for you. I need not refer to his high public standing, derived from the able part he has borne in public affairs, that being of course known to you; but as a friend & neighbour I wish to bear my testimony to his great personal worth; and the rather, as his high respect for your character, to his just idea of your acquaintance with our relations with France & the temper & views of its Government, will render any conversations thereon, with which he may be favored, particularly gratifying. Whatever confidence may be implied by the scope of any part of them, will be in the safest hands, & turned to the best account. I pray you to be assured allways of my great & affectinate esteem