Salem Massa. Jany. 14. 1806—
I have the honor to send herewith by the mail for your acceptance two volumes, entitled the “Power of Solitude”, and a “Selection of Pleadings”; the former the amusement of my juvenile years, the latter the occasional effort of my professional leisure. In asking your acceptance of them I confess myself duly admonished of their errors and imbecillities, and deeply impressed with a sense that they require all the indulgence of criticism, and all the candor of experience. Whatever may be their merit, my motive in the present offer is to express a feeble testimony of the high respect which I entertain for those talents which, from the dawn of the revolution to the present moment have been vigorously employed in creating and preserving an independent nation. That you may long live and enjoy the reward of your labors in the grateful remembrance of your contemporaries, and in possessing the blessings, which you have communicated to others is the sincere wish of
Sir, your most respectful & very obedt. Servant.
MHi: Coolidge Collection.