From Rufus King
London, Aug. 22, 1797.
I have requested Capt. Newel of the Ship Cleopatra, who is bound to Philadelphia to take charge of a Diploma delivered to me for you by Sir John Sinclair, President of the Board of Agriculture.
I have just received from Mr. Strickland a letter for you; but as he informs me that the letter is to accompany a small box, containing an assortment of seeds which is also to be sent to my care, but which has not yet been received, I shall detain this letter to be sent with the box by a future opportunity. With perfect respect I have the honor to be, sir, Your obed. & faithful servt.,
MS not found; reprinted from King, Life, description begins Charles R. King, ed. The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King: Comprising His Letters, Private and Official, His Public Documents and His Speeches, New York, 1894–1900, 6 vols. description ends ii, 213. Recorded in SJL as received 10 Nov. 1797. Enclosure: Diploma from British Board of Agriculture, 20 June 1797, acknowledging that TJ, vice president of the United States, was admitted as a “Foreign Honorary Member of the Board” (printed form at MHi; with blanks filled by a clerk; signed by Sinclair; bearing seal).