From Elbridge Gerry
Cambridge 4th May 17
My dear Sir
On the 27th of March I had the pleasure of addressing a letter to yourself, and on the 4th of april another to Mr. Monroe, to your care; but having no information of their being received, and having reason to apprehend that some of our post officers are guilty of mal practice and not to be trusted, I wish to be informed whether the letters have arrived, by a line directed to me at New York, where I intend to be soon, to the care of James Thompson or Samuel Osgood Esqrs. I remain my dear Sir with every sentiment of esteem & respect Your very hume Sert.
RC (DLC); damaged; at foot of text: “His Excellency Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 12 May 1797 and so recorded in SJL.
Gerry’s letter to Monroe of the 4th of April was apparently unaccompanied by any cover letter to TJ (see Gerry to TJ, 22 and 28 May 1797). No letter from Gerry to TJ of 4 Apr. 1797 has been found or was recorded in SJL.