Museum Novr. 26. 1806.
your Polygraph I received this afternoon, and it is now in the hands of the Workman, who will make it as perfect as He possibly can. I expected to write this evening to inform you that the Box had not come forward, I am glad to write otherwise. The Profile, if you enclose it to me shall be taken care off, and if we can improve by shading the drawing of it, I mean with the aid of my son Rembrandt, we will do our best to make it more interresting. I think I must have known Mr. Wythe, but at this moment I do not recollect his figure, the Profile may recall him to my memory. I have again resumed my Pensil, in the belief that I can paint much better than when younger, and I have this day finished a piece containing a great number of figures. The taking up from a marle-pit the Mammoth bones: It is the most interresting Picture I have ever painted, and I hope will please those fond of painting who visit the Museum—The preservation of Animals is done by a person I have taught my methods—and therefore in a short time I hope to be able to devote much of my time to furnish the Museum with works of art.
The want of Room for a display will shortly be a great perplexity to me, the State House is too small to hold my Quadrupeds & Birds.
accept my best wishes for your health; I am with much esteem your friend
C W Peale
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.