Washington Februy. 16th. 1809
I accept with gratefull feelings the recent mark of your friendship, and having taken the requisite steps for authorising my entering on the duties of my new office, I hereby resign the office of Secretary of the Department of War.—be pleased Sir to accept my most sincere thanks for the many obligations you have confered on me.
and believe to be with the highest respect & esteem your sincere friend.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.