Richmond, Jan. 26th, 1820.
I hope you will excuse intrusion in a stranger.—Believing I might obtain correct information from you, I have taken the liberty to enquire whether you could advise me to the publication of my work, which you think there would be, a probability of succeeding by subscription.
Having been regularly bred to the Printing-Business, and believing myself to be perfectly adequate to the task, I should calculate to issue as elegant a work as perhaps any which may have appeared in this Country.
I beg you will appreciate this in the light it is intended.—In friendship.
An answer, as soon as practicable, is solicited By your devoted Servant,
Thomas W. White.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.