To Jacob Read
[17 February 1784]
… You will receive this from the hand of Mr. James Maury, who wishes to be known to Congress as a candidate for their favorable notice at the time of filling up consular missions to Europe. The confidence I have in his qualifications for such a service induces me to recommend him in the warmest terms to my friends remaining in Congress and to you in particular. He is a gentleman of sound abilities, of commercial experience, of liberal views, and of a strictness of honor and probity which can yield to no competition. He possesses also the benefit of requisite skill in the French tongue and acquaintance with foreign manners acquired by residence in Europe.…
Printed extract (Thomas F. Madigan Autograph Bulletin, 10 Jan. 1926). The Madigan catalogue identifies the recipient as Joseph Reed. However, the Swann Galleries Catalogue No. 600, 27 Sept. 1962, offered the letter and correctly identified the recipient as Jacob Read, a South Carolina delegate to Congress, with whom JM corresponded later (PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77; vols. 11—, Charlottesville, Va., 1977—). description ends , VIII, 359–60).