New York July 18. 1808.
I beg leave to lay before you a proof Impression of the Diploma of the Society under your Patronage, which I hope will be considered as a favourable test for the estimation of American skill in the fine arts.
The one belonging to you as a Member will be forwarded when the signatures of the proper Officers, who are at a distance from each other, can be obtained
I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect Your devoted Servant
Pres: US MPS
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.