12th. March 1806
I very reluctantly trouble you with City Affairs, at this time particularly, when, no doubt, matters of much more consequence occupy a great deal of your attention, but as I do not consider it proper to give an answer to the latter part of the enclosed letter without endeavoring to obtain your Sentiments in relation to it I trust I shall be excused for asking the honor of a few minutes audience, when it may be convenient to you Sir, for the purpose of stating the circumstances of the case mentioned by Mr Johnson and of receiving such authority & Directions on the subject as you Sir may be Pleased to give—.
I have the Honor to be with the most respectful sentiments Sir Yr Ob Hum Servt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.