From Charles Caldwell
Philada April 30th 1814.
As it is not known to me whether or not you have had an opportunity of becoming acquainted with the character of the Port Folio, your acceptance of a copy of it is respectfully solicited. Being a perfect tyro in the direction of a public journal, I possess, as yet, on that subject, neither pride to be wounded, nor prejudices to be overcome. Any opinion, therefore, you may have the goodness to express touching the merit of the number I inclose, or the manner in which the work may be improved, will be thankfully received. The decision of enlightened and liberal criticism I hold myself bound to listen to and regard: for, as far as I am personally concerned, my object is reputation and self-improvement rather than emolument.
While I again solicit1 from you, proximately or indirectly, such aid as it may suit your views and your convenience to afford, suffer me to repeat the sentiments of high consideration, with which I have the honour to be
P.S. The Port Folio is published on the first day of each month, and shall be regularly forwarded to you hereafter, as soon as prepared.
RC (DLC); between signature and postscript: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 May 1814 and so recorded in SJL, which describes it as a letter from Dr. John Caldwell. Enclosure: an unidentified issue of the Port Folio (Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 14 [no. 921]).
1. Word interlined in place of “request.”