To Thomas O’Connor
[post–18 June 1819]
I have recd. yours of June 11. on the subject of the periodical Work you are Editing.
Not doubting that it will be a valuable work, I should under other circumstances be a subscriber for it. But at the period to which I have advanced, I find it expedient to reduce rather [than] extend my engagts. especially for the multiplying publications of a long or indefinite continuation. I can only therefore offer you my barren wishes that your undertaking may be a profitable one to yourself as well as a useful one to the public.
Draft (DLC). Undated. Conjectural date assigned based on the cover of Thomas O’Connor to JM, 11 June 1819, marked “Milton Va 18 June.” Addressee not indicated; identified as O’Connor based on internal evidence. At the head of draft: “not yet sent.”