Washington 23d March 1807
May it please your Excellency
I understand from some of your respectable acquaintances, that its your wish to clear the shrubby ground which lies between your House & the Capitol, which is, (it is said) for the use of national Gardens; if that is the case, and your Excellency thought fit to employ me on the occasion; I will take the liberty saying, I would give you, Sir, sufficient & real satisfaction
Mr. Law tells me you would wish to see some Machines I have done for the good of the country; if I knew what time your Excellence would wish to look at them, I will do myself the honor to lay them before your Judgement—One line in answer to this, (let the contents be what it will) will honor & oblige me—I am with the greatest humilty & respect.
most Obt. & humble servant
at Mr. Rhode’s Tavern
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.