Philadelphia August 2. 1804
Herewith you will receive a copy of an oration, which was pronounced by me on the 4th. Ultimo. In forwarding to you this my first publication, I have no Motive but the offer of a small testimony of that respect & esteem, which I have uniformly professed for your conduct as a Statesman; and your character as a man. Considering the production, as coming from a youth of twenty years of age—composed at a very short notice, under the purpose of professional business—your candour will doubtless afford some apology for its numerous defects. In reliance upon this hope I have presumed to submit it to your inspection.
I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient and Most humble Servant
J. E. Porter.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.