Jany. 31st. 1809
How far the complaint made in the inclosed Letter, may either admit or deserve a remedy, I cannot presume to say: but as it comes from a man of great Probity, patriotism & firmness and probably expresses the Sentiments of a considerable class of officers, as well as his own, I have deemed it best to submit it your perusal, with my request that it may be returned to yours Dear Sir with
great Truth & Respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.