Washington Dec. 3. 07.
I recieved last night your favor of Nov. 30. & the volume containing the geographical description of Maryland & Delaware. I pray you to accept my thanks for it, & at the same time to permit me to become a subscriber for the whole work.
Altho’ we have had two lives of General Washington, and a third is now advertising by some Northern clergyman, something more is still wanting to render them faithful representations of the latter times at least. strong personal predilections & antipathies sometimes, and sometimes a reserve & indecision unfriendly to true history leave us as yet without a faithful picture of the first administration of this government and a just collation of it’s practices & measures with the true principles of our constitution. I tender you my salutations & assurances of respect.
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.