Portsmouth NH. August 30th 1820
Permit me to tender to your acceptance the enclosed short piece; not as being worth your acceptance, but as a small token of a respect, neither small, nor of a late date.
The attempt originated from the following question.
Is it not practicable to abridge the labour of men of Study, who commit much to writing for their own after inspection; and may not this be done without any heavy tax on the memory?
Having been deterred by the apparent labour, from learning a short hand, and afterward having partially learned, & practised more than one sort, and discontinued them; after some efforts, I fell upon the one I have the honour to present to you, & have used it for some time.
If it is may be considered as affording a proper opportunity of testifying a respect where due, one valuable purpose at least, will be attained. I have the Honor to be with much regard & best wishes Your obedt Hum Servt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.