To Thomas Newton
Washington Dec. 20. 1800
I ask the protection of your cover to obtain a safe conveyance of the inclosed to it’s address, as I understand the person lives in Norfolk. we have recieved the French Treaty, but not being yet ratified, we are not at liberty to specify it’s contents. it does not give satisfaction; however I suppose it will be agreed to. the parity of votes between the two republican candidates at the late election, which, tho’ not certainly known, is thought probable, is likely to produce an embarrasment, the issue of which is not yet discoverable. Accept assurances of the constant esteem & respect of Dear Sir
Your friend & servt
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Colo. Thomas Newton”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: the following document.