To William Short
Philadelphia Apr. 1. 1791.
The bearer hereof, Mr. Daniel Ludlow, a merchant and citizen of New York, being about to go to Europe and probably to France, for the purpose of establishing mercantile connections, I take the liberty of introducing him to you. The assurances I recieve of his worth and respectability are such as to merit any services or kindnesses you can render him, and shall be considered as personal obligations on Dear Sir Your affectionate friend & servt,
Ludlow, a prominent New York merchant, was obviously unknown to TJ. The assurances of his worth and respectability must have come from Alexander Hamilton, of whom Ludlow had requested letters of introduction to be used in Europe (Ludlow to Hamilton, 23 Apr. 1791, Syrett, Hamilton description begins The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, ed. Harold C. Syrett and others, New York, 1961–1979, 27 vols. description ends , viii, 304).