Belair—cedevant Rock Hill 9 Decr. 1807
I take the liberty to send you for perusal, a letter I have recd. from Thos. Law at Phila. on his way to England. His belief in a peace in Europe appears to me well founded, but your information must be better than his or mine.
I have read the memoir of our friend Fulton & think it a real good thing. If this man is supported he will give us the liberty of the seas and a system of interior public improvement superior to what has been seen in any country. His whole soul is in these two subjects, as I had mentioned to you before his return to this country, and his energy is equal to the task.
If with that we could unite a system of public instruction such as would grow out of a National Institution, the whole would be dated from your administration and become one of its most lasting & splendid memorials.
With great respect yr. obt. Sert.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.