From David Ross
Richmond 7 August 1813—
I received last evening your polite and friendly letter of the 1st instant—covering your order upon Messrs Gibson & Jefferson, for 66$–50 Cents—this includes interest for the short time the payment was suspended, which was occaisioned by the1 interuption to our Commerce, & I hope you’ll excuse me from receiving it, the Amt of the bill 64–⁵⁶⁄₁₀₀$ is quite sufficient—
Your having long enjoyd steady good health, has been to me very pleasing information—I have lately learned to appreciate that blessing; more than ever, without which, we can have but very little relish for life—I have been infirm for two years.
Our memories are wonderfully tenacious of early impressions, while recent transactions in old age, frequently fleets and passes away like a dream—Looking back to days of Yore, and recollecting innocent & trivial incidents in youth, I am induced to believe there is little difference between your age & mine; Surely, we cannot reasonably Complain of decaying vigour, when we reflect Since we were in action +2 how many fabricks3 bound by wood & Iron have mouldered away & long forgotten—I pray you to receive my ardent wishes for your happiness, and to accept of my sincere esteem and Regard Most Respectfully
RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Aug. 1813 and so recorded in SJL. FC (ViHi: Ross Letterbook).
1. In FC “anticipation” is here canceled.
2. Preceding five words interlined in RC and FC, with the “+” absent from the latter.
3. Ross here canceled “strong.”