To John Langdon
Monticello May 17. 14.
My dear and antient friend
I present to you mr Rives, an eleve of mine in law and politics: honest, able, learned, & true in the holy republican gospel. bestow on him your native kindness, not only for the gratification of your own benevolent dispositions, but to shew him the degree of estimation in which you hold your
RC (DLC: William C. Rives Papers); addressed: “The honorable John Langdon Portsmouth by mr Rives.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.