Philadelphia May 6th 1836:
I had the honor to receive your favour respecting the correspondence between yourself and Mr. Jeremy Bentham—in reply to some enquiries which I took the liberty of proposing to you. Will you excuse me when I further ask you to inform whether there have been any other proposals to codify your Law: who were the individuals proposing it and if their works were ever published to the world.
I hope your excellency will excuse my thus troubling you—I am making some enquiries on this most interesting subject and I wish to consult with the authorities and correspondence on the subject. I have the honor to be, may it please your excellency, with sentiments of profd. respt. & grateful considn. Your very obliged & most obet. hle servnt.
C. Fenimore Williston