Washington July 1. 06.
Mr. Roscoe, author of a history of Leo X, a copy of which he was so kind as to send me, residing near Liverpool—I take the liberty of putting the inclosed letter to him under your cover. I avail myself with pleasure of the occasion it offers of repeating to you assurances of my continued friendship and my wishes for your happiness. I saw your brother the parson some little time ago and have the satisfaction to inform you his health is reestablished. we have been lately alarmed with the appearance of a caterpillar which at first threatened destruction to our small grain, Indian corn, tobacco & grasses. it has happily however disappeared after little injury. we are now gathering in one of the most plentiful harvests we have ever known. of tobacco there has not been plants enough to put in half a crop. this proceeded from the drought of the spring. with the country of your residence, our wrongs, which had long pressed sorely on us, & had become at length no longer to be endured, will I hope be amicably settled, and a foundation laid for a long & feeling friendship. no man wishes it more sincerely than myself. from Spain it is long since we have had any information. if either justice, interest or common sense can find the way into her councils, she will let us remain in peace. Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of great respect & attachment.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.