Fort Jay November 15. 1806.
As Patron of the United States Military Philosophical Society, I think it proper to lay before you a transcript of the circular letter and note of transactions, which I propose to have printed and distributed among the Members.
I have made a separate Copy of the Memoir on a double Gun Boat, conceiving that if there be any weight in the Suggestions it contains, their usefullness must depend on being known to, and approved by, the Executive of our National Government.
Convinced as I am that in your Stores of Science there are many Deposits, which would tend, in an eminent degree, to increase the value of the proposed communication, I beg leave to solicit such Papers as through your condescention might be added to our Collection, and in this hope, I shall delay putting it to press till the beginning of next month.
I subjoin a list of the Members who have either acknowledged the notice of their Election or may yet answer within the limited time.
I have the honour to be with the greatest deference & respect Your most obedient Servant
Jona Williams President of US. Mil. Philo. Soc.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.