Newyork 23rd Febry 1806
Thos. Jefferson President
of the united states
Your philanthropic goodness will excuse me, so distressed, I have no where else To complain, I am injured by being keept out of my Just dues, I have received a line from Mr. Dana one of our connecticut gentlemen in congress on the subject of my claims. I do not like the complextion of his letter, I find my Jealousies and fears which I wrote to you about some time ago were Justly found, by his letter, he appears to keep up schism and marks me a distinguished democrat a favorite of the prevailing party where I ought to apply, if my friends does not appear for me I shall fail of getting my claims settled this session, I wish the president might see my memorial in the hands of Mr. Jno. C. Smith, and do with it as he thinks best, I am so in want I rather relinquish to the united states one half of my claims than to have them pass unsettled this term I wish to be honoured by a line what the prospects are.
I have the honour to be the Presidents most faithfull friend
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.