From Francis Peyton
Alexandria 17. June 1802
Permit me to make you acquainted with Mr. Joseph Cowings a gentlemen just arrived here from England, who has solicited me to afford him this introduction
I am respectfully Yr Ob. Servt.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 21 June “by mr Cowings” and so recorded in SJL.
Joseph Cowing settled in Alexandria, where he became a schoolmaster and filled leadership roles in several civic organizations (Miller, Alexandria Artisans description begins T. Michael Miller, comp., Artisans and Merchants of Alexandria, Virginia, 1780–1820, Bowie, Md., 1991–92, 2 vols. description ends , 1:7; 2:94, 197, 345; T. Michael Miller, Portrait of a Town: Alexandria, District of Columbia [Virginia], 1820–1830 [Bowie, Md., 1995], 187, 338).