Phila. May 10. 1827
Permit me to request you to place the accompanying pamphlet x in your library as a mark of the very sincere respect & regard of the writer. No one can feel more sensibly than I do the imperfections of this humble effort to honor the memory of your departed friend, & to no one can they be more apparent than to yourself who so well appreciated his merits. I would have willingly transferred to abler hands this task, from which the nature & the number of my present engagements might fairly have exempted me, but I could not do so, without giving offence—& I have only added another to the instances of those who have gratified their friends at their own expence. Such as it is however you will receive it with the assurance of the high consideration of Yrs very truly
RC (DLC); FC (DLC: Nicholas Biddle Papers). RC docketed by JM.