From John Strode
Culpeper 16 March 1801
Mr. Voss has just informd me that Your Horses & Carriage is in about Ten days to meet You at my Neighbour Herins; for Heavens sake, dont give this little Family the indiscribeable pain which we must Suffer on such an Occasion; make, for once more, I humbly beseech You Sir, this poor House Your Lodging for a night at least. I believe indeed it wd. afford You some degree of pleasure to know how happy such an honor wd make each individual of us—With all possible regard, and the most profound respect
I am most Worthy Sir Yr. very hble Servt.
RC (MHi); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire President of the United States, Washington”; franked; postmarked at Fredericksburg, 21 Mch.; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.