From John Preston
19th Aug. 1816
Impressed with an idea that you have not seen my note of 18th. Instant, I beg leave to present my Manuscript a second time—I consider Sir, if you should acquiessce with those who have recommended the work, that your separate Recommendation will be of great importance
With due Respect
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Honourable Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received from Charlottesville on 19 Aug. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.