To James Warrell
Monticello June 2. 16.
I recieved yesterday your favor of May 27. and thank you for this mark of attention: but a desire to close all worldly concerns and to be free from cares forbids me to engage in any new undertakings: indeed I fear that neither the population nor pursuits of Richmond are as yet such as to support a museum; with my wishes however that it may reward your zeal for endeavoring to give to the inhabitants so reasonable a resource for amusement and information I pray you to accept the assurance of my great esteem and respect.
PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); on verso of reused address cover of Stephen Cathalan to TJ, 6 Jan. 1816; at foot of text: “Mr James Warrell”; endorsed by TJ.