From Sir John Sinclair
Whitehall London. 18h. May 1792
I have the honour of sending you some papers, which, I hope will give you pleasure. I wish we had a statistical survey of America, similar to the one I am now carrying on in Scotland, were it even to begin with the ensuing Century. If you retranslate the Prospectus into English and print it, a spirit to that effect may be roused. I depend upon you for my American information as to sheep. I received the Census you were so obliging as to send, and I am glad to see that America is still increasing in population. Yours faithfully
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 2 Sep. 1792 and so recorded in SJL. Sinclair enclosed his Specimen of the Statistical Account of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1791; see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952-1959, 5 vols. description ends No. 3596), and Prospectus d’un ouvrage intitulé: Analyse de l’état Politique d’écosse, d’après les rapports des Ministres de chaque Paroisse … (London, 1792; see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952-1959, 5 vols. description ends No. 3597).