Washington 21st Jany 1806
At the request of Captn. Willm. Silsbee of Salem Masstts. I enclose you the letter, addressed to you, of an Arabian merchant of distinction, residing in Moka in which you are informed that he had sent you two Camels, which I am sorry to add have both died on the passage, at least I presume, that on board the Ship Mary & Eliza has met with some accident, as no mention is made of it, altho’ the vessel arrived in company with the Levant. I also send you Capt Silsbee’s letter to me on this subject, which you will be good enough to return when you have perused it.
I have the honor to be with the highest respect & esteem. your obliged servt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.