To John Jay
[Albany, October 30–31, 1800]
It is an awkward thing now to tell you that it was early my intention to send you the inclosed.1 But it is nevertheless true that the idea was repeatedly in my mind with the design of executing it & was as often driven out by the distractions of business &c.
Always very truly Dr Sir yr Obed ser
ALS, sold by Forest H. Sweet, Battle Creek, Michigan, January, 1958, Lot No. 141.