§ From Aaron Vail
23 June 1803, Lorient. Acknowledges receipt “yesterday” of a commission as “commercial agent at this port and neighbouring ones.” Will pay “strict attention” to JM’s circulars of 1 Aug. 18011 and 9 Apr. 1803,2 as well as to his “general instructions” to U.S. consuls. Has also received a copy of the laws enacted by the first session of the Seventh Congress; wishes to receive a copy of those passed in the last session as soon as they are available.