From William B. W. Allone
Peekskill March 1809
I know no other Apology for the Liberty I have taken than that of Dire Necessity and As I know you to be a man of few words I will proceed briefly to state my case to you
I have been engaged all this Winter in writing a political pamphlet entitled Thoughts, on the Administration, of our late President, Thomas Jefferson. (Which I hope will meet with due encouragement from all true Republicans) but being in want of Money I cannot Publish it. I have therefore taken the Liberty (of writing You)1 to beg the Loan of 25 Dollars (NY currency) which I have been informed will set it agoing. And if Possible I will pay you with the first Money I receive for the Pamphlet, and if not (as I know you are worth a great deal) you will not lose2 it I assure you
If you should be so good as to send me any Direct to William B W Allone Peekskill State of New York
William B W Allone
RC (DLC); partially dated; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire”; endorsed by TJ as a “begging” letter from “Albone Wm” received 14 Apr. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Closing parenthesis editorially supplied.
2. Word interlined in place of “miss.”