From John Mason
George Town 30 April 1813
Mr John Eliason, Merchant of this Town, proposing to visit you on some matter of Business, has requested me to mention him to you.
I shall take the liberty to do so with pleasure, altho’ I cannot speak otherwise than generally on the Subject, having latterly been much withdrawn from mercantile business, I have had but few Transactions with Mr Eliason.
I can however assure you Sir, that his character, and I believe very deservedly, is that of an honourable punctual Man in all his dealings, and that his credit has been well supported for the several years that he has resided here—
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 May 1813 and so recorded in SJL.