[18 Feb. 1805]
The liberty I have taken of addressing to your Excellency the within proposals for Edwards’s W. Indies and for Johnson’s Dictionary, I trust will not be considered as too intrusive. On a former occasion, proposing to publish Edwards’s West Indies, I was honoured with your Excellency’s Signature to my subscription list—The third Volume being then not published I declined pursuing it. Being now in possession of the whole work, I have again issued proposals for it, and shall think myself flattered by your Excellency’s patronage and approbation of it as well as that of the Dictionary.
With sincere Respect I am, Your Excellency’s Most obedt. and most Humble Servt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.