From William A. Burwell
Washington January 22d 1817
My dr Sir
Colo Waller Taylor Senator from Indiana has requested me to enclose the papers of Mr Graham for your examination; Mr Graham he informs me is very respectable & attatches considerable importance to the discovery he thinks he has made, But such is the confidence he places in your opinion that it will be abandon’d upon a suggestion from you—I am aware that this will give you trouble, but to gratify a worthy, man, to arrest his labors if useless or stimulate them if useful will be sufficient motives to encounter it;
W. A Burwell
RC (DLC); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Milton Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Feb. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.