To John Armstrong
Monticello Aug. 5. 09.
The bearers hereof, mr Alexander McRae & Major John Clarke proposing to visit France on their private concerns, I take the liberty of presenting them to your notice & patronage. mr McRae has been a member of the council of state of Virginia, & Lieutt Governor, highly esteemed for his talents & correctness of principle, moral & political. Majr Clarke has long also been in public employ, as Director of the armoury of this state, recommended as such by his great mechanical ingenuity, & personal worth. any good offices you may be so kind as to render them will be deservedly bestowed; & their knolege of the present state of our affairs may enable them to add acceptably to your information.
I take this occasion of thanking you for the many kind attentions I recieved from you while our public duties connected us, & for the valuable services rendered in your station, & which aided me so materially in the discharge of my functions. be assured of my constant & great attachment & respect.
PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “His Excellency Genl Armstrong”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Alexander McRae, 5 Aug. 1809.
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