To Francis Peyton
Washington Thursday Mar. 12. 1801.
General Wilkinson, the commander of our army, & [his aid] Capt. Huger, brother of the member of Congress, are here. not knowing (as [they] happened to dine out the day you were here) whether you [know of it], or whether you have invited them, or that it is not within the plan [supposed?], I mention it [merely] for your own (personal) information [. . .] [. . .] [. . .] do not mention me on the subject.
I will also take the liberty to observe that should the [day] [. . .] [bad], it shall rest with yourself to postpone it a day or [two] at your own convenience. I do not regard weather myself, [. . .] would have it considered only as it may affect others. I [mention?] these things entirely between ourselves. accept my friendly [salu?]tations.
P.S. let me know as soon as possible if Darne is within the territory.
PrC (ViW: Tucker-Coleman Collection); faint, blurred, torn; at foot of text: “Francis Peyton esq.”; mistakenly endorsed by TJ in ink on verso as a letter of 12 May. Recorded in SJL at 12 Mch. 1801.