Montpr Apl. 13. 1824
I recd. by the last mail yours of the 8th. & I enclose the requested copy of the letter shewing your reasons for declining the charge of the War Dept. on the resignation of Mr. Eustis; to which justice requires me to add, that the mission to France which you afterwards accepted was unsolicited on your part.
I thank you for the Vol: of the Diplom: Françoise which I retain till I can conveniently look over the article on the subject touched on in our conversation
I am very sorry for the prolonged weakness of your sight. As it is probably a sympathetic effect of the cause which has impaired your general health, it may be expected to yield to its re-establishment. In sincere wishes that this may speedily take place Mrs. M. unites with me, as I do with her in cordial regards to Mr<s>. Crawford & your amiable amanuensis.
FC (DLC); Tr (Va).