To Robert Graham
Monticello Aug. 25. 09.
you were so kind, while I was at Washington as to offer me a pair of domesticated wild geese. having now occasion to send a cart to Washington, I direct the driver to return by the way of Dumfries & to recieve & bring them if you can now spare them. I should have saved you this importunity had I succeeded with a pair I recieved from another quarter. but the goose of that pair unfortunately died. Accept my thanks for your proffered kindness & the assurances of my esteem & respect.
PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Robert Graham esq.”; endorsed by TJ.
Robert Graham (1751–1821) served as clerk of Prince William County, 1778–97 (Horace Edwin Hayden, Virginia Genealogies [1891, repr. 1931], 163; Frederick Johnston, Memorials of Old Virginia Clerks , 320; Richmond Enquirer, 6 July 1821).