Mar. 15. 06.
Th: Jefferson possesses every disposition to be useful to mr Beckley in any way which shall be in his power; but does not know of any circumstance which can enable him to be so in the way suggested in his letter. if such a proposition could be made useful to the public, it would peculiarly gratify him in several interesting views. mr Beckley’s injunction of confining the proposition to his own breast, forbids a conference with mr Madison, who alone possesses the details of business which might suggest matter for deliberation on the subject. should mr Beckley find it convenient to call on Th:J. he will be happy to confer with him; & in the mean time presents him his friendly salutations & assurances of great esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.