Providence January 20th 1806
The Bearer hereof is Major General William Barton of the State of Rhode Island, who is now about setting out for the City of Washington, where he has Business to transact. His Good Character and military Exploits, in our Revolutionary War, obtain’d for him the honorable Notice of his Country mentioned on the Record of Congress which will transmit his Name and Memory to Posterity—
This Letter of Introduction which I now take the Liberty to give him, in consequence of the Acquaintance with which I have heretofor been honourd, will I hope be acceptably recd from one who is with much Sincerity and with great Esteem and Respect,
Your obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.