From Horatio G. Spafford
Albany, 1 Mo. 28, 1814.
I am so frequently asked, ‘how does President Jefferson like the Gazetteer,’ or ‘what does he say of it,’ that I hope thou wilt excuse my anxiety to learn. Possibly it may not have reached thee. I sent one in the Mail, a long time since. If that miscarried, I would send another.
I must not trouble thee with a long Letter, but permit to add assurances of my wishes for thy health & happiness. Should I outlive thee, I should deem it a great favor to have some trifling evidence of thy remembrance. But—I fear I am too importunate, & that, tiring thy patience, I forfeit thy esteem.
H. G. Spafford.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Feb. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.