My good friend
Since my solicitation of July 22. the ground on which I stand is entirely changed, and it is become impossible for me to ask any thing from the govmt. I cannot explain this to you, and even request you not to mention the fact. I should not have sent it to you, but that I cannot false excuses. my frdshp for you is , but this method of proving it is no long in my power. be assured of my constant & affectte attamt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.