Monticello Mar. 1. 26.
In answer to your enquiries in behalf of my antient and highly esteemed friend and classmate James Maury I need only say that I was born Apr. 2. 1743. and that consequently, allowing for change of style, I shall be 83. y. old on the 13th of the ensuing month of April. I should not give you the trouble of saying this form me to my friend, but should do it for myself, were it not that dislocns of both my wrists with the advance of years have so far disabled my hands as to make writing all but impracticable to me. in your kind office of intermediate between us I pray you to assure that I for him still all my schoolboy affections, that his prosperity and happiness are very dear to me. my own health is and my faculties so much impaired by age as to prepare me to meet with welcome the hour which shall once more reassemble our ant. class . for yourself be pleased to accept assurances of my great esteem & respect.