New York 12 mo. 2. 1808
I hope I shall not be accused of presumption in attempting to address thee.
The inclosed Prospectus exhibits Proposals for the publication of a second Edition of my work—as the Patronage of so disstinguished a friend to the liberal Arts will be no less flattering than acceptable I take the liberty to solicit thy Name to head a respectable List of near twelve hundred Subscribers—
The work is in the Press and will be published in a few days I shall take it as a particular favor if thou will reply to this by return of Post that I may have the satisfaction of a timely insertion—
With sentiments of respect & Esteem I remain thy sincere friend
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.