Paris 20 Aug. 1804—
Mr. Emmet the Bearer of this was an eminent Counceller in Dublin where he has been grievously persecuted by the English government for his political opinions & his attachment to those principles of liberty which ought to govern all societies. he is now moving to America in search of a second country, a movement which, if our fathers had not made it for us, you & I might have been making at this moment.
May I beg you my dear Sir to favor him with your good advice, as well as other acts of friendship & protection which may be useful to him. I know not what fortune he may carry with him, except that of a fair & honorable reputation, great acquirements & talents.
I am, Dear Sir, with great attachment & respect yr. obt. Sert.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.