To David Gelston
Monticello Nov. 14. 1811.
Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to mr Gelston, & his thanks for his statement of the tonnage of steamboats now actually employed. he has no doubt that this invention will materially improve the condition of our country. he avails himself of this occasion of assuring mr Gelston of his constant esteem & respect.
RC (NNGL, on deposit NHi); dateline at foot of text; lacks address cover. RC (Grace Floyd Delafield Robinson, Greenport, N.Y., 1947); address cover only; addressed: “David Gelston esq. New York”; franked; postmarked Milton, 18 Nov. 1811; endorsed by Gelston. PoC (MHi); endorsed by TJ.