To John Dawson
Monticello May 2. 12.
Your letter of Apr. 22d is just now recieved, & finds me on the eve of departure for Bedford, and with time only for a hasty compliance with it’s request. I have thought it better not to specify any particular object lest, on your arrival at New Orleans, you may vary that of your present choice. I shall be happy if my letter can be of any service to you, and to my best wishes for your success, I add the assurances of my great esteem and respect
PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “The honble Mr Dawson”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to William C. C. Claiborne, 2 May 1812.