Washington Jan. 14. 06.
I recieved lately from Genl. Wilkinson at St. Louis a package in which the articles in the inclosed list were so insecurely stowed, for a land carriage, that a very large piece of Spar (No. 9) ground most of the others to powder. I shall repack the remains with care and will take the liberty of addressing them to you by the first vessel from this place for Philadelphia, for the acceptance of the Philosophical society. the numbers which had been on papers pasted on, are all lost except three or four.
Your kindness on many occasions and my having no correspondent at Philadelphia in the way of business of any kind encourages me to ask your friendly attention to a trifle of that kind. there are 4. newspapers which I recieve from Philadelphia, Mc.Corkle’s Freeman’s journal, Le Petit Censeur, The Spirit of the gazettes (or some such title) and the Philadelphia repertory. the Censeur I know is 8. D. & the Freeman’s journal the same. the annual price of the others I do not know. will you have the goodness to pay them out of the inclosed note of 30. D. the Spirit of the gazettes I suppose to have been discontinued early, because I recieved a few papers only, and none for two months past. at the bottom of the notification of the Repertory I have subjoined a note for discontinuance. I hope you will excuse my intruding these trifles on you, and accept my friendly salutations & assurances of esteem.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.