Washington Six Buildings 5h March 1806.
On being presented to you on Monday last, it was my intention to have tendered for your acceptance the enclosed Head, but on entering we were informed you were engaged with the Secretary of State, & therefore I determin’d—not to occupy one moment of that time so seriously in demand by my Country—then perchance may be some leisure moment to peruse—I have therefore Sir, taken the Liberty of enclosing you the Head of the present Pope—to whom I have had the Honor of an Introduction &c &c and having procured the enclosed on the spot and knowing it to be a good likeness, solicit your acceptance—
I remain Sir your very obt: Sert:
John. S. Cogdell
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.