Philadelphia July 22nd 1831
Immediately after my return from Europe at the suggestion of many Friends well known to you, and some distinguished officers in our Navy, I was induced to apply for the Consulate at Tangier, and as that situation is vacated by the Death of the former incumbent I am encouraged to hope for success. Since I had the pleasure of visiting you and Mrs M at Washington, have made frequent Voyages to remote and unhealthy Climates, and it is a melancholy reflection that the rewards of my toils have not exceeded the dangers of them, however to repine is useless, I will anticipate brighter prospects—and take the liberty of enclosing Copies of recommendations long since presented, and a Letter for our venerable Friend Mr Rawle to which I ask the favour of your Signature—be pleased to present my best regards to Mrs Madison. I learn that you are both in the enjoyment of good Health, which I pray may long be continued—With much esteem I Subscribe myself your obedient Servt
P. S. I shall be obliged by an early return of the Papers
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.