Montpellier June 15. 1829
My friend Mr. Rives is about to take his station in Paris, as diplomatic Representative of the U. States; and not doubting that an acquaintance will be mutually agreeable, I wish to open a direct way to it by this introduction. You will find him equally enlightened & amiable; with liberal views on all subjects; and with dispositions to cherish the friendly feelings & improve the beneficial intercourse between France & the U. States, which I venture to assure him are not wanting on your part.
I have seen with sincere regret a late notice that your health was not good. I hope that this will find it re-established; and that with the assurance of my high esteem, you will accept my cordial salutations.
RC (Sotheby’s, 1334 York Ave., New York, New York 10021); draft (DLC).