Cadiz 11th. Septre 07.
My most Venerated Sir.
The contents of Your Excellys. most gracious and valuable favor of the 19th. July, has entirely relieved my Weak spirits from the sufferings I was experiencing, fearing that the good oppinion Your Excelly. had always of me was diminishing, owing to the unjust attacks with which the malice of bad intentioned persons wanted to hurt & throw a Shadow on my humble behaviour by so many false and ungrounded Publications.—I am in every respect satisfied and contented & ever shall be—Once that Your Excelly. is pleased to acknowledge my Conduct and Zeal in the compliance of my office; my eternal thanks & gratitude will ever be in my heart praying the Almighty for the health and prosperity of Your Excelly.—I repeat Sir that my absences from this City are only now and then to my Country House at Rota one hour from it where I am informed twice a day of every occurence here; of course not in the least wanting to my duty, which I believe I am fulfilling with Zeal, as will appear the Correspondce. with the Secretary of State, as well as true and legal Vouchers.—Mr. Hackley has not, arrived as yet from Algeriras, I wait with impatience his arrival to put in execution my wishes of joining him with me, but should they fail, I would be happy to unite with a respectable Citizen of America.—On the 8th. instant the United States Vessels Constitution and Wasp sailed from Algeriras, and according to reports bound home. With Sentiments of high Consideration, and the greatest respect—I am venerated Sir.
Your Excellency’s Most devoted, and obedient Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.