Monticello Feb. 22. 26.
Your letter of the 8th has been recd as was in due season. the former one to which you observe you had recd no reply, the fact was that I had worn out the knees of my pantaloons in the humiliating posture of an eternal suppliant at the feet of the govmt begging favors for others. I tired of it, and thought to pay some respect to my own character and to rise from the ground. since that time I have sollicited for nobody nor answered any letters requesting me to resume that painful attitude. in the present case there is a reason the more against it as having no claims on the present admn which would entitle any applicn of mine to notice. I hope you will consider as reasonable these motives for my present and accept assurances of my continued esteem and respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.