New York Decr 12 1804 [i.e. 1807]
In requesting your acceptance of a copy of my Memoirs, I presume little upon the merit of the work but much upon your benevolence
Although written in a style too light and too popular to fuel the wisdom of the Philosopher or the Statesman, yet in the present crisis some facts may be found which the Statesman may turn to profit.
But my chief wish is, that you may be disposed to receive it as a token of that respect which the friends of human liberty throughout the world owe to the name of Thomas Jefferson, and Irishmen more than any.
I am Sir With great respect Your most obedt Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.