Washington City Feb. 10th 1819
Jack Shorter requests of me to acquiant you of his present state.
His wife left him, and went to the western country about a year ago.
He, afterwards became dissipated—and flew to me for protection. I succeeded in reforming him—but he has not been able to earn any thing to support him for several months past.
He both fears, & loves me—and I cannot reffuse him any thing in my power.
It will give me infinite pleasure to know the true state of your health.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.