To the Albemarle Buckmountain Baptist Church
I thank you, my friends & neighbors, for your kind congratulations on my return to my native home, & on the opportunities it will give me of enjoying, amidst your affections the comforts of retirement & rest. your approbation of my conduct is the more valued as you have best known me, & is an ample reward for any services I may have rendered. we have acted together from the origin to the end of a memorable revolution, and we have contributed, each in the line allotted us, our endeavors to render it’s issue a permanent blessing to our country. that our social intercourse may, to the evening of our days, be cheered & cemented by witnessing the freedom & happiness for which we have laboured will be my constant prayer. Accept the offering of my affectionate esteem & respect.
|Monticello Apr. 13. 09|
MS (A-Ar: J. L. M. Curry Autograph Collection); at head of text: “To the members of the Baptist church of Buckmountain in Albemarle.” PoC (DLC). Recorded in SJL as an “Answer” to the “Baptist church of Buckmountain.” Printed in Richmond Enquirer, 26 May 1809.