From John Stuart
Greenbrier September 6th. 1797
Your favour of the 15th. ult. with the Diploma adopting me a member of the philosophical society came safe to hand—this Honour lays me under every obligation, and very greatful acknowledgments to you—be asured Sir, I shall be careful to enquire and deligent to communicate any thing that may fall in my way that I conceive will be interesting to the society. I fear no more of the bones of the Megalonyx will be got as I promised a reward for any that might be found in the cave. I was long in hopes the head bones or teeth would be got, which would more effectually proved his kind. I belive I before mentioned to you that there is a figure of a Lion carved on a rock on the Kenawha—which I presume is no small evidence that such an animmal had once an existance here, Espesially as that figure with many others rudely cut bears every mark of very great antiquity. I have the Honor to be very respectfully Your Most. Obd. Humbe Servt.
RC (ViW); endorsed by TJ as received 20 Sep. 1797 and so recorded in SJL.