From William Short
May 16 
Jeffn.—ansr. his last—mention my lands—shall request Mr. G. Jeff. to advertise them—shall endeavour to return to Virgia. Springs—uncertain if I shall find him at Mont. if [so shd.] be happy to see him there once more—Taylor to recieve the 500 a month—as to the political part of his letter—always my opinion on this subject—founded on my knowlege of the Spa. Govt—happy in the result—do not give credit to the idea of purchasing to the left bank [&c if] it [exacts] and it may [. . .], contrary to my expectation—beyond the most sanguine
FC (DLC: Short Papers); blurred; partially dated; entirely in Short’s hand, consisting of an entry in his epistolary record. Recorded in SJL as received from Philadelphia on 18 May.