From Joseph Leacock
[ca. 20 Dec. 1793]
Distress impelld me lately to write a few lines to you, entreating a little help from your benevolent hand to enable me to live thro this winter, when, I hope to be able (on the return of Spring) to subsist on the Emoluments of my little office. I mentioned the cause of my present distress, ie, the stop put to business by the raging Calamity. I have grown old and grievously afflicted in body, indigent and in want of daily comforts. I am dear sir, your sincere well wisher & hum servt.
NB I have enclosed a few hasty crude thoughts respecting the Algerines.
RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 96: 16501); undated; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.