New York 8 August 1833
I have received a letter from Mr. H. Lee inclosing that which I now send you: You will perceive that it has been sent to me unsealed.
It was not my intention to trouble you on the subject to which it relates: but were I not to forward it my motives might be misunderstood.
The remarks contained in the published writings of Mr Jefferson on the character of my late excellent father necessarily excite very unpleasant emotions. But the lives & writings of both are now before the public. By these & by the history of the country, both the accuser & the accused will be judged. I have so little doubt of the result, that at present I think no further Vindication of my father is necessary.
I am nevertheless curious to know what the letter was which Mr Jefferson alluded to & which Mr. Lee inquires for—and if you will favor me with a copy of it, I shall be much obliged to you. I am Sir with great respect Your very Obt Servt
Peter. Augustus Jay
RC and enclosure (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers); Tr (ViU: Lee Collection). Tr enclosed in Jay to Henry Lee, 8 Aug. 1833. Enclosure is Henry Lee to JM, 5 June 1833.