New york. Feby 23d1823—
Most Venerable and Respected Sir
Permit me the honor of presenting you with the Inclosed Speach—as a Specimen of my Bar=talents—my love of liberty—and humanity—Should the sentiments therein contained meet with the Approbation of the Man, whose, dareing and luminous pen drew the declaration of American Independence—it would be more flattering to my feelings, than any one event, I have ever experienced in the whole course of a long life.
I have nothing so good to add; as to assure you, I pray that you may long enjoy health, and happiness, without a Sigh; and that a tear may never fall upon your cheeks.
|John A. Graham|
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.