To Lewis Harvie
Monticello Mar. [17. 03.]
Your favor is duly recieved and I am happy to learn that [it will] be convenient for you [. . .] my [family] prop[ose]d; [. . .] the [. . .] of Capt. Lewis [. . .] [your same views]; for I would not wish [. . .] to [be employed]. but [with] a view to your [. . .] I intended to be back to Washington by the 1st of April. I fear however I have in that allowed myself too little time for the business which brought me here. still I do not altogether despair of accomplishing it, but under this uncertainty I think you had better await a letter which I will write you either on my actual1 departure hence or my arrival at Washington holding yourself in readiness to move on short warning. present my friendly respects to Colo. & mrs Harvie and accept yourself my affectionate salutations.
PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Lewis Harvie esqr.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
1. Word interlined.