Baltimore 1st. May 1806
Before I left Albemarle, I was not apprised of the expence attending a military dress &c, nor did I expect to have been detained here until monday next, it being the day appointed to sail, by the Capt of the vessel in which I shall go to N. Orleans, which will make the fourteenth day since my arrival at this place.
I must therefore Sir reluctantly ask of you the loan of $30 until you get to Monticello, at which time it will be faithfully refunded by Mr C. Peyton to whom I will write so to do. should you be disposed to favour the request; which would be thankfully accepted by Sir
Yr Obt Servt
C L Lewis
MHi: Coolidge Collection.