Department of State, June 14th. 1808.
Your letter of the 26th: of May, together with its enclosures was duly received. To introduce into the United States, the improved manner of curing Beef & Pork which has been practised with so much success in Ireland is certainly an object of National importance; but as it is not within the authority of the Executive to grant any exclusive privilege for this purpose, I confine myself to the acknowledgement of the receipt of your letter. I am &c.
DNA: RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.