From James Mease
Philadelphia 7th Augt 1816
I contemplate collecting and publishing a volume or more of the letters addressed by my late friend Dr Rush to various persons on political, religious, and miscellaneous subjects, and as I know he had the pleasure to correspond with you, I will deem myself much obliged by being favoured with such as you may have in your possession. I will Carefully return them if so desired.—
I am with very Sincere respect
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Aug. 1816 but recorded in SJL as received a day earlier. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to William Short, 14 Oct. 1816, on recto and verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello”; franked; postmarked Philadelphia, 7 Aug. Probably enclosed in Richard Rush to TJ, 13 Nov. 1816.