From Dominick Lynch Jr.
New York 14th. June 1817.
“The American Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Manufactures,” instituted in this city, sensible of the zeal, you have uniformly displayed, in the promotion of every object, connected with the Welfare and Independence of our country, had the honor to elect you a member, at their last meeting convened on the 13th. Inst., for the purpose of initiating into the Society, James Monroe,1 President of the United States.
It would afford me the highest gratification to announce to the Society, your assent to become one of its members. I have the honor to remain With respect & consideration Sir, Your Obet. Servt.
D. Lynch Junr.2
1. Here JM crossed out “Monroe” and interlined “Madison” above it.
2. Dominick Lynch Jr. (d. 1837) was a New York City wine merchant of whom Philip Hone wrote: “No man has ever contributed so much to the refined enjoyment of the circle in which he moved. He sang and played beautifully, was the ornament of female society, and infused spirit and joviality into the dinner parties of his male friends, where he was a constant and favored guest.” To Lynch, Hone attributed the introduction of the Bordeaux wine Chateau Margaux and the Italian opera into New York society (Kenneth T. Jackson, The Encyclopedia of New York City [New Haven, Conn., 1995], 701; Allan Nevins, ed., The Diary of Philip Hone, 1828–1851 [New York, 1936], 273–74).