Monto Feb. 8. 22.
Your favor of Jan. 23. was recd yesterday only. the facts mentioned in it had never fallen under my observn, and consequently had never been the subject of considn. were I better acqd with the structure of light houses or of the lanterns used in them, of both of which I am entirely ignorant, yet I have been too long unfamiliarised with speculns of that nature and am too heavily pressed by the hand of age to hazard any hypothesis explanatory . your idea of keeping the oil pilloried by the warmth of the lamp itself is ingenious & valble and I wish success to the process you propose as well your own as that of the benighted mariner with assurances of my esteem & respect
MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).