From John Martin Baker
Washington City, August 14th 1809.
I am honored with your most Respected letter of the 25th ultimo: its contents Sir, afford to myself and to Mrs Baker, a pleasing satisfaction, which ever will remain imprinted on our minds, and must endure with us while we live.
Your Note Sir, for sundries, I shall have the satisfaction to duly attend to, and forward the Articles per first eligible opportunity.
Mrs Baker Sir, is thankful for your estimable mention of her, and desires me to say, that she will be much gratified when it may be possible that she may possess the view of Monticello. We Sir, with our children join in prayers for Your Preservation, Health and Happiness. I have the Honor to be with the Highest Respect and Gratitude Sir, Your Most Obedient Humble Servant
John Martin Baker.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “To The Most Honorable Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Aug. 1809 and so recorded in SJL.