§ From George W. Erving
20 October 1801, London. No. 3. Has received JM’s 1 Aug. circular and will follow instructions “with the utmost attention.” Will be unable to comply strictly with consular instruction requiring semiannual account of American vessels arriving in port as “not one in twenty of the Captains who arrive here, ever present themselves to the Consul” unless certificate of cargo’s being landed is wanted. Believes the regulation he suggested in his last letter would correct the problem. In postscript refers to enclosed letter to Rufus King.