From James Monroe
Richmond Novr. 17. 1801.
I requested Major Coleman1 to enclose you lately 300. dolrs. which are intended as a remitance or deposit to enable Mr. Livingston to purchase two swords, one for the heir of Genl. Campbell the other for John Jouett, for services rendered in the course of our revolutionary war.2 You will receive herewith a letter to Mr. L. on that subject which you will be so good as peruse, seal & forward him as soon as convenient.
I think I have often spoken to you of Mr. Purviance who you recollect was recommended to me by Genl. Smith and others from Bal: on my appointmt. to France. He soon after my arrival there joined me, was much in my family, always in my confidence, and is a man of great & rare merit, for integrity, good understanding and every amiable quality. As his circumstances are moderate he may seek employment under the govt., and it is with pleasure I assure you how respectable his pretentions are.
The 100. dolrs. remitted from Genl. Mason have been applied as he desired.3 I am sincerely yours,
I am compell’d to defer the letter for Mr. L. till to morrow; the resolutions ought to accompany it, and they cannot be obtained sooner. The enclosed is from a very worthy man who states his case with great sensibility & truth. Be so good as make it known to the Secretary of the navy.