Monto Oct. 19. 23.
I am afraid I shall give you more trouble than I expected with the letters I lately inclosed to you under cover to Giacomo Raggi. they are of real importance to our Univty or I would not do it. Raggi now informs me he is not to proceed on his voyage to Italy without an advance of 100.D. more. this I am not authorised to make him and therefore, should he not get a passage to Italy, & soon, I wish to have back the packet to Appleton which I put under cover of that to Raggi which I took the liberty of inclosing to you. should he have not recieved the packet, be so good as to break the seal addressed to him and withold the packet to Appleton. if he has recieved it, he will call on you for the lre I now inclose , and I will pray you to from him Appleton’s packet and return it to him only when he is sailing, or if you see no probability of his doing that shortly, then return it to me. can I make any apology for this extra-official trouble other than that it is a friend, and not as of the officer I ask it and assure you of my thankfulness for it & of my contind attamt & respect
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.