Woodville Jany. the 19th. 1806
The exalted opinion I have allways entertained of your charecter, has induced me to take the liberty of addressing you on a subject which I hope you will not conceive in the smallest measure derogatory to the elevated department, which you fill with so much reputation, and honour.
I have lately been under the necessity of collecting monies, to be appropriated to a very important purpose; but have not succeeded agreeably to my hopes or expectations, and as I am extremely interested in the object of my pursuit, I deem it not inconsistent with propriety or the principles that has ever governed my conduct to make application to you for a loan, of six thousand dollars, (for six or eight months) at the expiration of which time you may rely most sacredly on my integrity in haveing it returned agreeably to contract; if you think my note worth your acceptance for that sum, I will transmit it to you by post, if you do not think my note sufficient, I will guarantee your loan by mortgage on valuable property greatly exceeding the sum required.—I am Sir with sentiments of the highest respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.