New York April 3d. 1807
I have had the honor to receive your letter of [ ] with its enclosure, and have given it all the attention, the magnitude of the subject requires, and it is with regret, that I confess my limited knowledge of the subjects submitted, and the difficulty under existing circumstances of acquiring information, forbid in me a belief, that I can give any aid to you on subjects that have been so often discussed, and acted on by much abler minds than mine.
I should have accounted myself very happy, to have been able to give you any useful opinions, and I again repeat, that it is with great regret I confess my inability, to be of any service to you on the questions submitted. I have the honor to be, with great respect, Sir, your obedient servant,
DLC: Papers of James Madison.