To Augustus B. Woodward
Monticel[lo Aug]. 24. 13.
Your favor of the 16th is put into my hand in the moment I was getting into my carriage to set out on a journey, on which I shall be absent 3. or 4. weeks. I stop a moment merely to mention this fact, lest the pleasure of your visit should be lost to me and the trouble of it to yourself. should your stay in Washington be so long I shall be very happy to see you on my return. the circumstance now explained will be a sufficient apology for saying nothing on the principal subject of your letter. Accept the assurance of my esteem and respect.
PoC (DLC); dateline faint, with month enhanced by an unidentified hand; at foot of text: “Judge Woodward”; endorsed by TJ.