Monto Feb. 14. 24.
Your favor of Dec. 1. never came to hand till the 10th instant. I pray you to be the channel of my thanks to the Agricultl society for the honor they have done me in associating me with their body. it’s object is certainly the first in human life and household manufacturing is it’s genuine companion & handmaid. I wish to them both all possible prosperity, and to the state in which all those blessings which it’s soil, climate, & government so richly promise it. by age and debility beyond the power of useful services I can only offer up my prayers that may flourish thro’ time great & free, and be a cordial helpmate to the happy confederacy of which it must become a distinguished member. be pleased to accept for the society and for yourself the assurance of my respect