[ca. 6 Sep. 1793]
In presence of John Samuel Sherburne Esqr. of New Hampshire, it was mentioned that you was a Deist. The pleasure with which he received the Intelligence, leads the writer of this to mention the fact—that you may early see whether he will not indeavour by artfully playing with such an idea—to warp you to his purposes.
The truth or falsehood of the assertion, is not hereby intended to be credited or disbelieved.
RC (DLC); undated and unsigned; addressed: “The Honble. Mr Jefferson Secretary of State In The United States”; postmarked: “Charlestown Sept. 6. 93.”; franked; endorsed by Benjamin Bankson as received 16 Sep. 1793; endorsed by TJ as a letter from “Anonymous” received 2 Oct. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in Bankson to TJ, 23 Sep. 1793.
Sherburne was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Hampshire, 1793–97 (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989 description ends ).