Petersburg 10th Aug. 1806
Since writing the inclosed letter on reflection I doubt whether it will safely reach Mr Eppes on his travels; I have therefore taken the liberty of covering it to you, with a request that you will break the seal, as the contents were intended to be made known to you. If I should appear presumptuous, I have only to offer in extenuation of my conduct the purity of my motives, and to rest on your liberality to excuse the error of which I may be guilty. Wishing most sincerely that every blessing may attend you and the beloved country over which you preside, I am Dear Sir
With the most profound respect Yours &c
DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.