From William Thornton
City of Washington 18th June 1817
W: Thornton’s respectful Complimts to his highly esteemed Friend mr Jefferson, and begs leave to present the Bearer Mr Thomas Freeborn, as a very respectable Inhabitant of New York, who is desirous of paying his respects to one of whom he has heard so much, and whose Principles he has long admired.—
RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 28 June 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in Thomas Freeborn to TJ, 23 June 1817.
On this date Thornton wrote a similar letter to James Madison (Madison, Papers, Retirement Ser., 1:67).