To George Hay
Washington Feb. 24. 1802.
I recieved yesterday your favor of the 19th. and am sorry you cannot undertake mr Short’s defence against mr Randolph. but I am sensible it is a case of feeling, which no body can estimate but the party himself. I will trouble you therefore to return me the papers and I will write a line to one of the gentlemen of Fredericksburg with whom my communication by post will be so much readier than with the gentleman of Cumberland. I pray you to accept assurances of my esteem & high respect.
PrC (DLC: William Short Papers); at foot of text in ink: “George Hay esq.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.