Monticello Dec. 28. 20.
‘Nothing is troublesome which we do willingly’ is an excellent apophthegm, and which can be applied to no mind more truly than yours. on this ground I am sure you will be so good as to exchange the pair of ink-glasses you sent me, & which the furnisher will doubtless exchange. they are a little too large to enter the sockets of polygraph I keep in Bedford, as I found on a late visit to that place. I return them to you in a box of wood, in the bottom of which I have had a mortise made of the true size. glasses which will enter that freely will exactly answer. Knowing the friendly interest you take in my health, I will add that it is not quite confirmed, but is improving slowly. my stiffening wrist in the mean time gets worse, & will ere long deprive me quite of the use of the pen. ever & affectionately yours