Feby. 1. 1834
It being intimated that an autographic specimen from me, as from some others of my Countrymen, would be acceptable for a collection which the Princess Victoria is making; these few lines, with my signature, though written at a very advanced age, and with Rheumatic fingers are offered for the occasion. They will be an expression at least of the respect due to the young Princess, who is understood to be developing, under the wise Counsels of her august Parent the endowments and virtues which give beauty & value to personal character, and are auspicious to the high station to which she is destined
RC (Windsor Castle); copy of RC (ViU). This note was enclosed in JM to Aaron Vail, February 3, 1834.