Frankfort 23d. August 1834.
The Bearer Mann Butler Esqr has for some time past been engaged in writing the History of Kentucky, & is now on a visit to Virginia & Washington City in quest of papers, & materials, necessary to enable him to complete the object he has in view; which he will cheerfully explain to you. Mr Butler has resided for many years in this State & has ever supported the character of a Gentleman of honor & respectability. It is with much pleasure I do hereby introduce him to your friendly attention. Any civilities you may find it convenient to extend to him—or any aids you may have it in your power to afford him from your valuable collection of papers, to promote the objects of his Journey will be gratefully received by him, & will be esteemed as favors confered upon the State of Kentucky. I must refer you to Mr Butler for information relative to whatever may interest you in this quarter, I am with sentiments of great consideration & esteem Your Most Obt. Sert
RC, later enclosed in Mann Butler to JM, September 25, 1834 (DLC).