To Matthew C. Groves
Washington Nov. 7. 1802.
The inclosed letter from mr Patterson being just recieved1 I now forward it according to promise. I should certainly have been more gratified if his opinion of the utility of your proposed method of observing the eclipses of Jupiter’s Satellites had been more favorable. having had no experience myself in the business of making observations at sea, I am not at all competent to decide on the merit of the method you propose. Accept my best wishes & respects.
PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Capt Matthew C. Groves”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: Robert Patterson to TJ, 1 Nov. 1802.
1. MS: “recieve.”