Washington Feb. 17. 06.
Having referred to the Secretary of the Treasury the resolution of the legislature of Rhode island on the establishment of a Marine hospital in that state, I have recieved from him the inclosed report. this appearing to me reasonable as it doubtless will to the legislature of your state, I inclose it to you by way of answer to the application recieved from you. Accept my salutations & assurances of respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.