To William Thornton
Feb. 14. 1801.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Doctr. Thornton. he has recieved his friendly invitation to pass the evening on Monday next; but for 10. years past he has been in the habit, from considerations of health, of never going out in the evening. his friends have been so kind as to indulge this habit, & he is sure Dr. Thornton will accept it as an apology.
RC (DLC: William Thornton Papers); addressed: “Doctr. Thornton.” Not recorded in SJL.