Mount Vernon 3d Augt 1796
Herewith you will receive my signature to the Commission appointing Samuel Williams of Massachusetts, Consul for the United States at the Port of Hamburgh &ca—transmitted to me in your letter of the 29th Ulto.
If Mr La Motte possesses much experimental, as well as theoretical knowledge in the casting of Cannon &ca there can be no doubt of the utility of his Services—and coming with his family will be an evidence of his intention to remain—but the latter ought not to be accomplished at the expence of the United States unless his Services are secured. But Mr Monroe it is to be presumed will take care that one does not happen without the other.
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.