To John Adams
Washington Mar. 8. 1801.
Th: Jefferson presents his respects to mr Adams and incloses him a letter which came to his hands last night; on reading what is written within the cover, he concluded it to be a private letter, and without opening a single paper within it he folded it up & now has the honor to inclose it to mr Adams, with the homage of his high consideration & respect.
RC (MHi: Adams Papers); addressed: “John Adams esquire Braintree”; franked; postmarked 9 Mch.; endorsed by Adams. Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure not identified, but see Adams’s reply of 24 Mch.