Charlottesville: Sep: 11th. 1807.
When I saw you yesterday I entirely forgot to mention to you, a circumstance, in which I feel some interest. An intimate friend of mine Mr. David Yancey, apprehending a breast complaint, has determined on a voyage to some of The Islands, Madeira if he can meet with a passage He wishes a protection. The President informed me, that a certificate of citizenship, & a passport from the Secretary of State were the only papers necessary. This last, is what I wish now to obtain of you. If it be proper to give it on my application, & at any other place than your office (facts with which I am unacquainted) you will do me the favour to send it to me by the servant who delivers this. He is directed to wait. Yrs & C
DLC: Papers of James Madison.