Philadelphia, March 13, 1805
Amidst the important multiplied engagements that necessarily employ your thoughts, I congratulate myself with the most lively satisfaction that you could spare one moment to my importunity for the patronage of your name to my Indian Tale. It is now in the press, a plate is engraving for it, & it will be published with every allurement of paper & type. That it may deserve to be in the hands of those who have imagination to be awakened, & sensibility to be moved, has been my study.
I am, Sir, with great respect, Your much obliged, & most obedient humble Servant,
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.