21. July 1807
I have been in an infirm state of health for some time past, and part of the last week, was unable to attend to business—My indisposition is said to be occasioned by a slight affection of the liver, for which I am advised to go to the Ball-Town springs in the State of New York—. I shall make such arrangements in my business as will prevent any inconvenience resulting from my absence, and with your approbation, Sir, shall leave home a few days hence, if I feel well enough—.
If this intimation should be considered as troubling you, Sir, improperly or unnecessarily, I trust I shall be excused, for I did not think it would be proper for me to absent myself for a month or 6 weeks, without the approbation of the President, under whose direction (altho’ in a subordinate station) I have the honor to act in relation to the City business.
I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Sir Yr mo Ob Servt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.