Washington June 20. 07.
In one of your letters of the 3d. inst. you say that ‘in the days of your keen anguish you intruded on me one imprudent letter,’ which you ask me to consign to the fire. I certainly had never thought any letter recieved from you was of that description; and on revising them should not have been able to fix on the one you viewed as such, had I not found, in a letter of June 20. 1805. the following paragraph: ‘the mail had scarcely gone from Boston with mine of the 14th. of April, before I deeply regretted having troubled you with it.’ presuming then that this letter of the 14th. of April 1805. must be the one you were still dissatisfied with having written, I now inclose it to you with a repetition of my salutations & assurances of esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.