From James Monroe
July 16. 1798.
I shall see Mr. Strother and others and shall be able without compromitting you in a direct manner to forward Mercers views as well as if you were to write. and I shall be able also to satisfy Mercer of yr. good wishes and endeavors as fully as if you did write. I shall be back in a week. I send yr. books by the bearer. yrs affecy.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received on the same date as written, and so recorded in SJL.