May 30. 1806
Your favor of the 6th. found me on my farm to which I had set out on a visit, before it reached Washington.
Sensible as we may be of the merits and intentions of Dr. Clark, his actual situation renders an interposition of this Govt. in his behalf, not a little delicate in several views. If any thing can be done towards his liberation, the best mode which occurs, is that of a private letter to Genl. Armstrong, with whom I believe you are well acquainted, and who might take occasion according to his discretion, of touching informally on the subject, with the proper persons in the French Govt. If you should think it proper to make the experiment, ⟨I wi⟩ll on the receipt of your letter, allot it for the next conveyance of dispatches to Paris. With great regard & the highest esteem I remain Dr. Sir Your friend & servt.
DLC: Papers of Richard Rush.