From William Shaler
U. S. Ship Erie Bay of Gilbraltar 28 March 1819.
I avail myself of the opportunity of the frigate U. S. returning home, to send to Mrs. Madison the paté de Perigueux, under the care of Captain Crane,1 which I mentioned in the letter I had the honor to address to you from Marseilles on the 15th December, which I request she will do me the favor to accept, as a mark of my remembrance, consideration, and respect. I very much regret not having an occasion to forward it before, but I have reason to believe that it will arrive in good order. With the Sincerest wishes for your happiness I have the honor to be with very great respect, and consideration Your most obliged humble Servant
RC (PHi: William Shaler Papers). Docketed by JM.
1. William Montgomery Crane (1784–1846) entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1799 and served in the Quasi-War, the War of 1812, and in the Mediterranean in the postwar period, rising successively through the ranks. He was commodore of the Mediterranean squadron, 1827–29.