To Albert Gallatin
Washington Apl. 24. 1813
I have recd. yours of the 22d. from Baltimore. I find that the dispatches of Mr. Dashkoff will not leave Washington till Tuesday. Mr. Monroe avails himself of this to prepare his the more leisurely. Payne will be the Bearer of them. He could have set off tomorrow morning, if necessary: but will be the better for the delay; his boil not being healed, though relieved by the salutary maturation & discharge. I have given him a military commission, to put him in the uniform of your Suite.1 A blank commission will be sent to Mr. Bayard. Affectionate respects
RC (NHi: Gallatin Papers).
1. John Payne Todd, JM’s stepson, and George M. Dallas, Alexander James Dallas’s son, accompanied the peace delegation to St. Petersburg as secretaries to Gallatin. They were commissioned as third lieutenants of cavalry (Brant, Madison description begins Irving Brant, James Madison (6 vols.; Indianapolis and New York, 1941–61). description ends , 6:161–62).