Sepr. 8th 1807.
I thank you for the politeness of your last favor. It has rele⟨ase⟩d me from a disagreeable dilemma. Having ⟨le⟩ft home the day after your favor by Mr. Clarke, & not seeing or hearing from Col W- since, accots. for my not obtaining the information you speak of before your last: Otherwise, I certainly shod. not have troubled you again on the subject. I deem this explanation necessary as an apology for that last & repeated trouble. With sentiments of respect, I remain Sir, Your most obt. servt.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.