To William Eustis
Montpellier August 30. 1809
Several considerations appearing to render it expedient that the Commander in Chief, now with the Army in the Territory of Orleans, should be at the Seat of Government, as soon as the prerequisites to his setting out, will permit, you will please to transmit him instructions to that effect.1
Should the correspondence between the Navy Dept. and Capt: Porter, not have been otherwise communicated to you, the inclosed copy of it will give information proper to be possessed by you. Accept my respects & best wishes.
RC (MHi: Eustis Papers); draft (DLC). RC docketed by Eustis. Enclosure not found.
1. JM was recalling Brig. Gen. James Wilkinson to face further investigation into his dealings with Aaron Burr and Spanish authorities.