Marblehead, Feby. 8, 1805.
Most respected Sir,
Permit me to inclose the Centinel of Wednesday last, that you may take suitable measures for bringing Mr. Hulbert of Sheffield to condign punishment. I ever considered it as a branch of wisdom in you to pretermit common Newspapers squibs. But when a man brings forward in the house of Representatives a set of the most flagitious charges, should he not be called to a solemn account, and made to suffer in the severest manner?
I think it will operate to your injury, if you should connive at, and pass by these grossest of all Calumnies. But I desist, for it would be high presumption in me to recommend. I therefore conclude with subscribing myself with the deepest veneration, your most obedient and most humble servant,
Printed Source--Thomas Jefferson Correspondence, Collections of William K. Bixby (Boston: 1916)..