Washington, Oct. 12. ’31
I have used no ceremony in retaining the enclosed $15. until I could conveniently return it. Do not, I pray, give yourself the trouble to write; as I hope again to see you in the course of the month, on my return from Albemarle.
Looking for a paper, the other day, I came across the one I now send for your perusal. The circumstance that caused me to write it, you will recollect. On reflexion, I concluded to withhold it, from the danger of the motive being misinterpreted; and affecting me seriously in the estimation of those for whom I really entertain the best feelings personally, and the best wishes politically; and on whose good will my situation makes me dependent. My reliance on your understanding me is great enough to make me venture on sending you this, without apprehension, notwithstanding the manner in which I speak of you In great haste
N. P. Trist
RC (ViHi: Nicholas P. Trist Album Book).