Pittsfield September. 8. 1820
I take the liberty of transmitting to you a copy of a book. which has employed a few of my leisure hours and I beg you to do me the honour to accept it. I do not however present it to you, under a beleif that it is worthy of your perusal; I merely offer it as a testimony of that respect & esteem which I have invariably entertained for your private & public character. Should, however, the sentiments & views developed by it. be in any measure worthy of your approbation it will be the greatest satisfaction to me.—
As I am altogether unknown to you you will permit to remark, that I am the nephew of the late Doctor Charles Jarvis of Boston, in which place I formerly resided. You will allow me to add my fervent wishes, that the evening of your days may be as serene & happy as the most enlightened philosophy, & the gratitude of a nation, can render it=
William Charles Jarvis
MHi: Coolidge Collection.