From Henry Wheaton
Providence, R.I, 23d June, 1812,
Having been informed by Judge Story of the Supreme Court, that you had caused to be printed for circulation among your friends the Breif which you had prepared for the use of your counsel in the case of Edward Livingston concerning the Batture at New Orleans, I am induced to request a copy for my own private use—Although I have not the honour to rank among your friends yet the sincere respect and veneration which I bear for your talents and services, and my enthusiasm in the science of jurisprudence, must form my apology for making this request, should you deem it improper to grant it—
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The hon. Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 July 1812 and so recorded in SJL.