To James Monroe
Montpelier Sepr. 23. 
The inclosed letter from the Secy. of the Navy, gives you I presume, a confirmation of the happy success of Perry.1 I hope the final information from Chauncy may give us another subject for congratulations. I have detained the letter from Barclay.2 The exemption from the impost of articles imported by Pub. Ministers was deemed a stretch, and acquiesced in by the Rep: admn. rather than approved. I can perceive no ground on which the positive prohibition of B. Merchandize, could be waived even in favr. of a public Minister & of course in favr. of Barclay’s rank. We will consult on the answer to him on your arrival. Affece. respect
RC (DLC: Monroe Papers). Docketed by Monroe, “23 Sepr 1813 from the President.” Year assigned here on the basis of the docket. For enclosure, see n. 1.
1. JM probably enclosed William Jones to Monroe, 21 Sept. 1813 (Preston, A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence of Monroe, 1:363).