|Dear Sir||Senate Chamber March 3d 1817|
I ask the liberty of communicating to you the enclosed letter from Gen Howell of the Senate with the accompaniments and solicit your attention thereto—I had hoped to wait upon you but time hardly promises an allowance of that pleasure. I need not repeat you how sincerely I esteem Gen Howell or how much I should be gratified in his obtaining public employment worthy of his merits. This you will know from the conversation I had with you respecting another appointment for this gentleman which will not now soon be made. I am very respectfully your Friend servt.