From Thomas T. Davis
Washington March 6th 1801
Permit me to assure you, that my not paying you a visit before I left this place, did not proceed from a want of due respect to you, or to the high office you fill.—taking upon yourself a trust of great weight—rendered more difficult by conflicting political opinions; I concluded your mind must be engaged on subjects highly interresting; from which it would be, wrong in any friend, to toll it by a visit of cerimony—accept this as a manifestation, of the esteem and confidence of your obt. Sert.
Tho. T. Davis
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 7 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.