Philadelphia january 13th. 1806.
in the Name of the house of Tarascon jr. js. Berthoud & Co. which I represent, I take the liberty of offering you the homage of a plan which the intimate conviction of success that actual Experience has taught us to entertain has induced us to present to our fellow Citizens for their Concurrence. We are happy to add, that the plan, as far as it is yet known, has been Approved of, and that we have reasonable hopes of its being Carried into Execution by the Enterprizing inhabitants of this City.
A plan which, tho’ on the face of it of a Merely Commercial Nature, promises to be productive of political Consequences which, we dare think, will be highly advantageous to the American union, Ought to be presented to you, not only as to the chief Magistrate, but as to the father of our Country, and as the principal promoter of Every rational Scheme for its improvement. Should it Succeed in obtaining your approbation, its Authors will be highly Gratified And the undertaking itself will receive a powerful Support from your distinguished and enlightened patronage.
I have the honor to be with the Greatest Respect and Esteem Sir Your Most devoted and humble Servant
L. A. Tarascon
MoSHi: Bixby Collection.