From James Monroe
Washington decr. 21. 1818
General King1 of the district of Maine in Massachusetts, being desirous, of making you a visit, I take much pleasure in promoting his wishes by giving him this introduction to you. His steady & firm attachment to the principles of our govt., & support of it, in the late war, by very meritorious services, are known to you. I hope that you derive no inconvenience from this severe attack of cold weather. With great respect & sincere regard yours
1. William King (1768–1852), half-brother of Rufus King, was a merchant, shipbuilder, and Massachusetts state politician from Bath (District of Maine). He served in the War of 1812 as a militia major general, and after July 1813 as a colonel in the U.S. Army. King was an active supporter of Maine’s secession from Massachusetts and served as the new state’s first governor, 1820–21 (PJM-PS description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (6 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984—). description ends , 5:511 n. 1).