From Bate Dyke
New York May 12 1801
Pardon the Intrusion of an Emigrant from England in Ship Mary from Bristol (first time of my being at Sea) I Was Sitting Across the Helm the Ship Labouring With A Contrary Wind An Idea Imediately Struk mee With A Plan to Steer A Ship Against the Winds Eye (O that I may Steer my Course through Life in thoughts Words & Actions his the Ardent Desire of A Sinfull Mortal in the Midst of Strangers) Sir if this his Deserving of Your Notice I Am Personaly Y[ours to] Command
At Allexander Kemptons No. 105: Maiden Lane
PS Landed here on Lords Day Last
RC (DLC); torn; endorsed by TJ as received [16 May] and so recorded in SJL.