New York July 13 1819
Your approbation of Jone’s Tract gives me sincere pleasure. But I am sure it would produce ten fold effect if your fellow citizens knew your estimation of it. And as this could be expressed in no terms so genuine as your own I am almost emboldened to request your permission to make your letter public. If this cannot be granted I hope that my motive being the public good and not merely private regard may serve to excuse the indiscretion
MHi: Coolidge Collection.