May 17, 1806
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
I certify, that the Bearer hereof, William Pinkney, a Citizen of the United States of America, is proceeding with his family, baggage and papers, on a mission to London, as one of the Commissiones Plenipotentiary & Extraordinary of the said States; these are therefore to request all whom it may concern to act towards him according to the law & courtesy of Nations in such cases; giving him on all occasions every necessary aid, succour & protection, as these United States, would do under similar circumstances.
In faith hereof, I James Madison, Secretary for the dept. of State of the United States, have signed these presents, and caused the seal of my office to be affixed hereto, at the City of Washington the 17th day of May A. D. 1806, and in the 30th year of the Independence of the said States.
DNA: RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.