To John S. Skinner
Montpellier July 20. 1822
The sample of yellow Tobo. you were so good as to send came safe to hand. I have delayed my thanks in the hope that I might be able to return a leaf of the highest priced produced from the Virga. soil. In this I have been disappointed, all of that description in the Neighbourhood having been sent to Market. I regret it the less however, as you have probably been otherwise enabled to notice the contrast.
When you can snatch a moment to intimate my debt to the very valuable work you superintend1 it shall be paid.With much esteem & friendly respects
RC (owned by Butterfield & Butterfield, Los Angeles, Calif., 1997); draft (DLC). RC addressed and franked by JM to Skinner at Baltimore. Docketed by Skinner, with his note: “ansd.—Tobacco Sent.” The undated draft is adhered to Skinner to JM, 3 July 1822.
1. Skinner was the editor of the Baltimore American Farmer.