5 OClock P.M— 26 Dec 1807
Unwilling to Obtrude one moment upon your time—which I know to be devoted to the best Interests of your Country—I have delayed waiting on you for several days—upon the Subject Matter of the letter and the law—Which a few days since—I put into your hand—Our Mail for Tennessee—(which goes but once a week) will leave this place on Monday afternoon—and I ask the favor of an answer—in time—to communicate (to the Governor)—by that Conveyance—
It is a Subject in which, we feel much interested—and in the Event of a war—the road woud be peculiarly beneficial to the Government.
accept assurance of my great respect and Sincere Esteem—
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.