From Eli Alexander
Novr 14. 1812
by mistake of the post master I recieved last evening the inclosed, with several letters & papers, it being the first I put my hand on amediately broke it open, not untill then observeing that it was directed to you. as it is natural to suppose none others except those derected to myself would have been sent. I hope you will pardon my mistake—
RC (MHi); dateline beneath signature; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqe Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 14 Dec. received 17 Dec. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not identified.