Dec. 13. 1808.
The inclosed was delivered to me among a mass of letters from the post office, and reading only the first line of the superscription, I fell into the same error with the post office, & broke the outer seal. percieving the mistake, I did not break the inner one, and now inclose the packet to you, trusting to your indulgence for an error so entirely unintentional. I salute you with great respect & consideration.
DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.