Washington 24. May 1819.
The bearer of this Letter, Mr Cardelli, is a Sculptor by profession, a Republican by principle, and a Roman by birth—He is ambitious of the honour of taking your bust from the life, and I believe him to be by his talent worthy of it—Thinking with one of his illustrious countrymen of a former age “non intercedendum imaginibus, qual marmore aut were finguntur.” I wish him success to his and your satisfaction, and pray you to accept my thanks for your kindness, in indulging him with the permission which he solicited for the accomplishment of his undertaking.
John Quincy Adams.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.