Norfolk 15th. March 1806.
Having experienced from your bounty & generosity the most hospitable reception at a period, when I was an unknown & unprotected Stranger; & desirous of giving some small token of my Sincere regar & gratitud. I took the Liberty of making the disinterested offering, which has procured for me the honor of your Letter dated 28th. February.
It was my hope that your Love of Natural Philosophy would render so rare a production of the Animal Kingdom acceptable to you, While it might be an usefull companion in your retired & rural excursions at Monticello.
Accordingly I forwarded it to the care of Messrs. Gibson & Jefferson together with a Letter addressed to you. This latter, it now appears, must have miscarried but as the Case arrived Safe, I am Satisfied; only apprehensive of having robbed Your arduous political occupations of those Moments of your attentions, which were employed with the Letter you were good enough to address to me, & which I received as a further testimony of your favour and Consideration.
I remain with the greatest respect Sir Your Most Obedt Servant
John F. Oliveira Fernandes
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.