§ Louis-Barbé-Charles Sérurier to Robert Smith
17 February 1811, Washington. The effort of being presented yesterday to the president and at the State Department has worsened his indisposition to the extent that he cannot pay his respects to Mmes Madison and Smith and to others as he had proposed. Offers his apologies; will make the visits his first duty and he is eager to fulfill it. Still hopes to be able to come to the State Department tomorrow morning; if he is too indisposed to do so, M. de Caraman1 will advise Smith.
RC (DLC). 2 pp. In French. Docketed by JM.
1. Georges de Caraman was secretary of the French legation (see Georges de Caraman, “Les Etats-Unis il y a quarante ans,” Revue contemporaine, 3 : 209).