February 15th. 1807
By the last mail from Tennessee I received a letter dated 29th Januay from a friend, in which is a paragraph in the words following
“I inclose Your reflection and as a natural curiosity, to be shewn to your freinds and acquaintance, a piece of wood in the form of a Worm—this is a metamorphosis, or rather a descent from animal to vegetable matter, to account for which physically, I will submit to Your superior knowledge”
I herewith take the liberty of inclosing it to You—it hath not been seen by any acquaintance or freinds of mine in the District—and I can not account for, therefore, submit it to Your Superior knowledge—and I hope You will pardon the liberty taken—
With every sentiment of Esteem and wishes for Your health I am Sir Yours very respectfully
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.