From John Graham
Dept of State. 1st Augt 1816.
I am happy to inform you that I shall soon have it in my power to forward the Letter to Mr appleton by a safe conveyance, as there is now a Public Vessel waiting at New York to take Despatches to the Mediterranian. These would have been ready before this time; but they have been delayed by the difficulty of getting a translation of a Letter from the Dey of Algiers to the President. That difficulty is now surmounted or soon will be, as we have found a Person who reads the Arabic and Turkish Languages in both of which the Letter is written. The Vessel will therefore, I presume, sail before the Middle of the Month or about that time. Should you have other Letters for that part of the World, they will yet be in time for this conveyance; and if you do me the favor to send them to me, I will take care to have them forwarded in the way most likely to ensure their safety.
I beg to offer my best wishes for the continuance of your Health: and the assurance of the sincere & Respectful Regard with which
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 11 Aug. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Fitzwhylsonn & Potter, 12 Oct. 1816, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia” via “Post Office Milton”; franked; postmarked Washington City, 2 Aug.