From Horatio G. Spafford
Albany, 4 Mo. 12, 1817.
I enclose, herewith; a Small Novel, of which I ask thy acceptance. It is the first thing of the kind that I have written, & I do not wish to be known as the writer. If it do but amuse thee, I shall be glad, & should gladly learn that the composition is approved. I hope thou wilt find time to read it, & that many years of health & enjoyment may be indulged to thee by that dread Being who guides events. Very respectfully, thy friend,
H. G. Spafford.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 Apr. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: “Maria-Ann Burlingham” [Spafford], The Mother-In-Law: or Memoirs of Madam de Morville (Boston, 1817).