Richmond August 7. 1806.
Mr. James Lownes, of this place, is about to visit Monticello, upon a subject, interesting to himself, as a father. He wishes therefore to have his character made known to you. It is with pleasure, that I assure you, from the united testimony of his fellow-citizens and my own particular knowledge, that his character is eminently respectable, and that confidence is universally placed in him, upon all occasions. He belongs to the society of Friends.
I am dear sir with every sentiment of respect and the most sincere esteem yr. mo. ob. serv.
DNA: RG 127--Records of the United States Marine Corps.