Montpellier July 15. 1831
I observe in a Newspaper paragraph, referring to the late fire in Raleigh, a remark that nothing was saved from the Library of the State, particularly "Lawson’s History of it", which had not been procured without difficulty. Happening to possess a Copy of the work, I enclose it, with a request that it may be permitted to supply the loss; praying you to accept, at the same time, assurances of my great consideration & respect.
RC (North Carolina Department of Archives and History: Governors Papers, Montfort Stokes); draft (DLC).