New York 3d. Novr. 1826
Very esteemed Sir,
The interesting Work to which you were pleased to become a subscriber, I had hopes to be able to have transmitted to you, long ere this time; but the want of the necessary funds have hitherto delayed the publication. At the suggestion of several of my friends in this City, I have been induced to make an appeal to the liberality of my Subscribers–for an advance of their Subscriptions–and many of them have promptly & liberally complied with my request. And should, Sir, be pleased to grant me the same favor, it shall be duly appreciated—I have already incurred much expence in consequence of this work; and having a large family, (nine in number) seven of whom are children, and an amiable wife, and having very limitted means, will I hope form a sufficient excuse for the liberty I take; With sentiments of the most respectful consideration, I have the honor to be, very esteemed Sir, your most obt. & very humble Sert.
P. S. My present residence is in N. York–where, if you favor me with an answer, you will please to direct—The subscription is $8—I expect the work will be published in all this month & the next—As before–
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM, with note: "now $5 sent, with a request that my copy of the book be in Boards, the remaining single dollar promised by the first convenient oppy for a metal one".