Pittsburgh, 2 mo. 18, 1808
Much respected friend
This day’s mail encloses to thee The first volume of Brown’s dictionary of the Holy Bible—the second volume should accompany the first, but I am detained in the binding of it, for the want of the engravings, which, have not yet come to hand—but it shall be forwarded by a future mail.
Thee will be good enough to accept a copy of this work as a trifling consideration for the obligation I was obligingly brought under by the receipt of thy esteemed note signifying thy wish to become a subscriber to the publication.
As I promised thee, the book is altogether a western manufactory, the gold leaf excepted.—This shews what can be done in this our new country when the channel of industry is conducted to a proper point
Conside[r] me much obliged by thy condescension and goodness, and with high esteem for thy person and character, public and private,
I remain thy friend.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.