From Sebastian Bauman
Post-Office New york July 25. 1801
By this day Post I have recieved a letter from you, Covering one for London addressed to Edmund Jennings Esquire, the letter is open and has neither wax nor wafer to it; probably you may have omitted to Seal it, or desinged that it Should go open. Please Sir, to let me know your Pleasure by the return of the Post, whether I shall Seal the letter or forwarded in the manner it is. the British Packet which arrived here two days ago, will (probably) Sail again the first week in August next.
I am with sincere respect Sir, Your most obd. and very Humble Servt.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson. President of the united states”; endorsed by TJ as received 28 July and so recorded in SJL.
One for London: TJ to Edmund Jenings, 21 July. On 29 July, TJ thanked Bauman for bringing the unsealed state of the letter to his attention. TJ noted: “tho’ on a matter of common business yet it is accidentally that it has gone to the post office without being sealed. I will ask the favor of you to stick a wafer in it & commit it to the British mail” (PrC in MHi; at foot of text: “Mr. S. Bauman”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso).