From Benjamin H. Latrobe
Philadelphia, Novr. 16th. 1802.
The Post came in so late to-day, that I cannot prepare to leave Philadelphia in compliance with your favor of the 13th. before Thursday morning (the day after tomorrow). I shall then come on by the Mail, and by using my utmost exertion to accomplish the object, in which you have pleased to engage me, prove how gratefully sensible I am of the honor you have done me by your confidence.
I am with true respect Yr. faithful hble Servt
B Henry Latrobe
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the U.S.”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Nov. and so recorded in SJL.