From H. B. Scudamore
Brockley Hall Lewisham.
21st. May 1803.
In the Infant state of a Country like yours, it is the duty of every well disposed person to promote its welfare, and prosperity.—Impressed with every good wish for the happiness of America, I herewith transmit you a plan of my own, (among many others,) which the Government of this Country have in contemplation to adopt, and which appears to me to be of great importance to a nation like yours, possessing a vast district of territory.
Should you approve of it, and think me entitled to a handsome remuneration for the [pur]pose of residing among you, and carrying it [into] complete execution, it will give me real comfort in thus rendering my feeble but most hearty assistance. I have the honor to be most respectfully
Sir, Your most obedt. hble Servt.
H B Scudamore.
RC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); torn; at foot of text: “To the care of Messrs Blandford and Scocet Inner Temple London”; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr. President of the United States Washington America”; postmarked 24 May; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Aug. and so recorded in SJL.