New Brunswick NJ. 25 Nov 06
Unforseen circumstances have intervened & prevented me sending you the Volumn you honord me with your Subscription for and permission to dedicate to you before this late period
I am conscious that it is more from the influence of your name in the dedication than from any merit in the Author that the whole of the first Edition is now sold I am collecting information for improvements in a second edition & shall esteem myself highly honourd by any hints which your experience may suggest
It will require considerable time to make the necessary additions and adapt the information to the various circumstances of the different States & I therefore hope that in your retirements from public business you may be induced to honour me with your aid in return for which I can only tender to you the homage of my most respectfull—considerations.
S W Johnson
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.