Quincy May 25th 1819
For every Man of letters and reputation is dear to me—altho an entire Stranger in Person—your Name and writings have not been unknown to me for Serveral years—
Your favour of April 27th does me honour—your prospectus of Avindiciæ Americaniæ—is not only Comprehensive but Vast and requires talents information and application equal to yours—I heartly wish you Success in the execution of it.—
Advanced more than half way through the 84th year of my Age—my Eyes dim—my hands Palsied destitute of all assistance—but the good Females of my Family—who are most of them little Children—you can expect no assistance from me—I am Sir with much Respect and Esteem your obliged humble Servant
NjP: Straus Autograph Collection.