From Thomas Erskine Birch
Anchor & Hope Acad. Wythe 24th Feb. 1812
Most Respectable Sir.
A few days previous to recieving your letter of the 3d of Ult, I was aware that the Virginian Orator, which I sent, had not been recieved by you, as no register had been entered in any Post Office. Your letter confirmed it, & I found that the book was taken, & the letter that was inclosed in the book sent on, & recd by you: I accordingly sent another book, & letter, but am doubtful whether you have recd either. If you have recd the last letter & the book again miscarried, be so kind as to inform me, & I will send another book by a gentleman who will do himself the honor of putting it into your hands, who will in abou[t] 4 weeks start for Charlottesville
I have the honor to subscribe myself, illustrious Sir, Yr mo Obt &
Thos E Birch
If you have recd both my lette[rs] & neither of the books, I consider myself in rather an awkward situation, until I am assured th[at] you have recd one.
T E B
RC (MHi); dateline between signature and postscript; edge trimmed and torn at seal; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Mar. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.