From John Taggart
Philada Jany 25th 1813
Most Respected Sir
your much Esteem’d favors of the 25th Ult and 8th Inst I receiv’d and am at a loss for words to express my Gratitude for your Friendly letters in behalf of my Son, I now Enclose you Mr Hamiltons letter. and will take the liberty you was good enough to permit. of transmiting your letter to the new Secretary1 of the Navy. my greatest wish is to have it in my power to render you any Service, wishing you many happy years here and Eternal happiness hereafter. is the Sincere wish and prayer of
RC (MHi); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Taggart; at head of text: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Feb. 1813 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Paul Hamilton to TJ, 2 Jan. 1813.
1. Manuscript: “Seretary.”