New York February 10th 1819.
Highly Esteemed Sir:
Having been advised to arrange an unbiassed history of the Events which have grown out of the late Seminole War, especially, as relating to the conduct of Genl Jackson we assume the liberty of requesting your generous aid in an undertaking which we esteem laudable and important—
In calculating the difficulties which might impede our project we were persuaded that no plan could be pursued, preferable to the one proposed—
Your Excellency’s opinions upon the various interesting questions arising from the recent operation of Genl Jackson the proceedings of Congress in regard to the same and such other assistance as your Excellency be pleased to present & will be alike honorable to the Publishers and invaluable to the Readers of the contemplated volume.—And indeed Sir we cannot conceive of any more useful or pleasing pursuit than that of acquainting our fellow Citizens with the high and disinterested sentiments of him whose time has been spent and whose energies have been employed to atchieve for them that independence of soul and community which is their present glory and their duty to perpetuate—
May we request an early answer from your Excellency to this letter.—if we are presumptuous permit the motive to erase our offence—
Be pleased Esteemed Sir to accept of our Sincere wishes for your happiness and the assurance of our deep consideration
|James B. Sheif|
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.