Richmond, Augst 22d 1819.
The Enclosed numbers, written by me, were published a few weeks ago, in the Enquirer. They relate to a subject as cardinal, in my judgment, as that which involved our Independence. Mr Ritchie had some extra Copies struck, and has furnished me with a few, to be distributed among my particular, and my distinguished friends. I presume to ask your acceptance of a Copy.
The friends of liberty in our Country continue to regard you with veneration and gratitude, for your great & eminent services:—and your opinion on such a question as this, would to considered as a great authority.
Be pleased to accept the renewed assurances of my high consideration, respect, and Esteem.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.