To Andrew Rounsavell
Washington Mar. 23. 1801.
I am sincerely sorry it is not in my power to attend to the explanation of your invention for raising water. but my duties to the public now require that I deny myself every gratification of that kind, however fond of it from inclination. objects of a very different nature require the whole of my time & attention, & the whole is not sufficient. I hope you will be so good as to accept of this apology with the candor with which it is made. I am Sir
your most obedt. servt
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Andrew Rounsavell.”