Monto Aug. 23. 23.
The bearer of this is Doctr Watkins neighbor of mine, and our family physician. proposing to make a visit to Washington, he is desirous of being presented to you, and altho he has heretofore had that honor, he that in the crowd of those who necessarily , he may not be recollected, and therefore asks this letter. I give it with the mores satisfaction as the respectability of his standing, the correctness of his character & conduct political & Moral, and his zeal for the republican principles of our constitution, justify the liberty I take of presenting him to your notice. I avail myself too of the occasion of saying that having understood that you contemplete a tour to this section of our country , should you honour Monticello with a call, no visit will be more welcome or recieved with more pleasure than that of yourself & family of which I pray you to accept the assurance with that of my great esteem & respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.