From Edward Rutledge
[Charleston], 7 Aug. 1791. Introducing a “Gentleman of the Name of Harper” who is going northward for a short time chiefly on business. “He is however desirous of knowing, and being known to you; and I do not wonder at it. You owe the Trouble, which these Introductions occasion, to your Fame; which is the Result of your Understanding, and goodness. You will oblige me by shewing such Civilities as are in your Power, without imposing too much on yourself, from the Friendship which I know you entertain for me.”
RC (DLC); 2 p.; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Aug. 1791 and so recorded in SJL. Entry in SJL identifies this letter as being “by Mr. Harper,” thus proving that it was received four days after that which follows.