Montpellier. Apl. 20 1826
I have recd. from the publishers in Boston, a copy of your "Sketches of Algiers"; forwarded as they intimate by your request.
The work is welcomed by the public here, as it well deserves to be, as a very valuable addition to what was hitherto known of the singular and interesting quarter of which it treats. Your Country gains credit also from the example of such a publication by one of its foreign functionaries.
Be pleased to accept, Sir, my thanks for your polite attention; with my wishes that your opportunities may be continued for pursuing the researches which you turn to such excellent account. I tender you at the same time assurances of my great esteem & my cordial respect.
Mrs. Madison charges me with the acknowledgments for which she has long been in arrears; particularly for the token of kind remembrance sent her from Marseilles
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