before 7 June 1807 Rocky River Pendleton South Carolina
Verry Dear Sir
takeing a Small view of the Western Country Natchez & Lower Louisiana, abt. fourteen Months Since I Returnd. Home, & having a higher (if possible) Regard & Esteem for your Personal Quallifications, in that great Acquisition of the western world & Numberless Measures mild and Advantageous to the American People in General, Excites me to Write, to inform you that I never Expect to See you, & in order to Get as nigh you as possable have Taken the freedom of Calling my Second & Last Son Th, Jefferson—that one Individual shall bear your name in Pendleton &c—That your Days may be many & your Health Preservd. in its Vigor is the Prayer of your unworthy friend & Humble Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.