From James Monroe
Richmond Novr. 16. 1802.
Jas. Monroe presents his best respects to Mr. Madison & requests he will be so good as forward the enclosed to Mr. Lee.1 As it is in answer to a proposition of his for supplying the State with arms wh. are not wanted at present, but in arrangments for wh. he may incur some expence it is desirable that he receive it as soon as possible. J. M hopes that Mr. & Mrs. Madison are in good health.
Printed facsimile of RC (http://rrauction.com, Catalogue 279, November 2003, item 17).
1. The enclosure was undoubtedly Monroe to William Lee, 4 Nov. 1802, informing Lee that the state of Virginia did not wish to buy arms in Europe (Preston, A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence of Monroe, 1:137).