Montpr. Sepr 1, 1830
I recd in due time your letter of Aug. 19. On what relates to my manuscript papers, I could only repeat what I have heretofore observed.
With respect to an Edition of the Federalist, with remarks saving it from an identity with that covered by a copyright, alth I am sensible that the work under that title would admit of pertinent comments having that effect, yet I can not conceal from myself, that the time has past with me, being now in my 80th. year, when I could add such a task, to more unavoidable or more u[ ]nt claims on my attention.
I should have acknowledged sooner your friendly letter; but my health has of late been unsettled, and is at present in a feeble state. With respects & good wishes