Balt. 10. July 1804
Permit me to have the honor of presenting to you Mr. Peter Hoffman, a Merchant of this City, of the first respectability, Independence & political Rectitude—he Visits you in Company with Mr. J. G. Rapp, who has emigrated at the head of a large number of persons lately Subjects of the Duke of Wirtemberg, in whose behalf he will present a Memorial & State their Wishes—I have on looking at the Law passed in favor of Dufour & Associates in 1802, been led to hope that Congress would pass a similar Law in Behalf of those people—Their making a Settlement so far in land would unquestionably Induce other persons to establish in their Neighbourhood & thus Enhance the Value of the public Land—I Need not offer Observation to you on a subject so well understood by you—but take farther this liberty to pray you to give some Attention to the Views of those people & the Observations of my good friend Mr. Hoffman & have the honor to be
your Obedt Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.