From Charles Christian
Police office, New York 28th March 1812
Influenced by a desire to ameliorate the condition of five orphan children (the family of the deceased Mr Cheetham) whose transition from affluence to want has been sudden and calamitous, I took the liberty to address you, under date of the 10th Inst, in their behalf. I now beg leave to solicit a return of the subscription1 paper as the wants of those children have become so urgent as to require an immediate application and circulation of that paper.
RC (MHi); dateline beneath signature; at head of text: “The Hon Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Apr. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.
1. Manuscript: “subsciption.”